Yes, the above verse says that – Blessed is the one who the LORD disciplines. Of course, this might sound a bit strange to an average believer in Christ. Because, we never consider disciplining as a blessing from the LORD, we never hear preachers and pastors often considering discipline as a sign of God’s Love.
For mainstream Christianity; blessings from the LORD means good job, great income, healthy body, loving family and friends etc. and discipling does not come into this list. Of course, here I am not saying that these things are not blessings from the LORD; surely, they are part of the blessings that we receive from the LORD; as the Word says – everything good and perfect comes from the LORD.
17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created. (James, 1, 17)
However, there are some things that are not tangible but still are blessings from the LORD. For e.g. peace, joy, generosity, wisdom, a heart to obedience etc and I would like to add “disciplining” also to this list. Because, the Word of God says “you are blessed when God disciplines you and it is true.
I am sure many of you also, from your own life experience, could testify to this fact. Even I, myself, have experienced this in my own life.
So, now comes the next big question; that is: why the Psalmist considers God’s act of disciplining as a blessing? Yes, it is because, God disciplines only those who He loves. In other words – God’s disciplining on His children is a manifestation of His love for them.
As you know, our earthly fathers too disciplines us at times as a manifestation of their love for us and the intention is to teach us good lessons about life, so that, we could grow up as responsible members of the family and society.
Similarly, each time, when we commit a mistake, our Heavenly Father also disciplines us and it is done out of love and not out of anger. Also, it is done to teach us to choose what is good and to leave what is evil, so that, we can grow up as responsible citizens of His heavenly Kingdom.
In other words, God’s disciplining is the sign of His love for us and we should not resist or complain about it. The following verse confirms this fact.
Each time when you commit a mistake, The LORD steps in to discipline you because, He does not want you to continue in that mistake as it might ruin your soul and also your relationship with Him.
But, unfortunately, majority of the Christians are ignorant about this fact and often misunderstand God’s disciplining out of love as punishment out of anger and they resist it and feel unhappy about it.
Saints, please remember, we live in a fallen world surrounded by fallen human beings. While walking with Lord Jesus, at times, we might still commit mistakes and He might discipline us or punish us for those mistakes. But, when that happens, we should rejoice, because it shows that; He loves us and care for us.
Furthermore, disciplining from the LORD can also be part of a pruning process in your life. As a child of God, you might be living a blameless life before both God and man. Also, you might be bearing good fruits for the kingdom of God. But still God Almighty may put you through a pruning process; you might still find yourself being under HIS Secateurs.
However, you should not resist or complain about this pruning process; instead, should accept it peacefully and let God finish the work according to His Will and Purpose.
Also, you should not forget the fact that; the LORD is doing this because, you have been bearing much fruit for His kingdom and He still wants you to bear more.
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes a so that it will be even more fruitful.(John 15, 1-3)
The above verses say: Lord Jesus is the vine and we are the branches of that vine. His Heavenly Father is the Gardener and He cuts off every branch that bears no fruit while pruning every branch that bears fruits, so that, they might even bear much more fruits.
Therefore, you should rejoice when you find yourself under the pruning scissors of God Almighty; because, it is sign that you are a branch that bears much fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Also Remember God does not prune those who are part of the vine but not bearing any fruits. Their destiny is destruction; they will be cut and thrown into the fire.
Sometimes, you might feel frustrated when many of those so-called Christians living a very comfortable, care-free life without any pain or suffering; without going through any pruning process while you are going through many challenges despite your life of obedience.
Here, the difference is – they are not pruned because, they are dry branches that cannot bear any fruits anymore; their hearts are neither compassionate nor merciful. It is true that; they do take part in all those Sunday rituals in order to present themselves as Christians before the world. However, their hearts are in love with the world and they do not have the capacity or willingness to bear fruits for the kingdom of God.
In contrast, you are a strong, green branch that keeps bearing fruits in every season and you are pruned in order to make you stronger, so that, you can bear more fruits. Therefore, you have every reason to rejoice in the midst of your painful pruning process because, you are part of the true vine (Christ) and is receiving nourishment from the root continually.