The word-term blessing or any of its derivatives – blessed, blessedness, blessings – conveys the biblical idea of happiness, benefit or praise.
Its first use in Scripture is Genesis 1:22 as God completes the fifth day of creation: “And God blessed them saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’
The word is derived from a Hebrew root barak, meaning “to kneel” and the inference is one of a significant precedent—of the relationship of blessing between Creator and creation, existing immediately, in the beginning. All people and lands ultimately follow this precedent, called to be a blessing.
In blessing His creation, the LORD instituted a continuous flow of giving and receiving; given by Him, given back to Him… again and again, repetitively, setting in motion the act of adoration. The creation receives blessing and ministers it back again, a fact evidenced by His workmanship in those He created, a reflection and open display of His glory! (Psalm 19:1)
Father, Lord I bless you! I bless my family and declare blessing to them today. I pray that as a family we will be a blessing in every situation and circumstance, marked by Your blessing as blessed and called to be a blessing.