“Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands … it shall be well with you” (v1-2). The concrete images of blessing in the psalms teach us about God’s original desire for human life. He made us – His image-bearers – to live joyfully: working, creating, and seeing results, raising children (v3), and reflecting the values of “Zion” (v4). Sin disrupted the world, bringing conflict into work and relationships, but God did not abandon us.
In Christ, God redeems our lives and heals what is broken. We are still “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Eph 2:10).