Note: After reading “The Happy Man” by Lachlan MacKenzie (1754-1819) I wrote the following –so, any similarity is purely intentional.–HDS THE BLESSED BELIEVER: The Blessed Believer was born in the city of Regeneration in the state of Repentance. He has a glorious estate in the country of Heaven. He was educated in the school of Christ, Who is both teacher and subject. He is presently employed by the Lord of the Harvest, doing works of self-denial. He is clothed in the garment of Humility and wrapped in the Robe of Righteousness, provided by Christ. As a Pilgrim, he travels through the wilderness of this wicked world, enroute to his final destination–his Father’s house, where his glorious inheritance awaits. During his journey, he often descends into the Valley of Pain and he often ascends to the mountain top of Heavenly-mindedness, where he finds inspiration to forge ahead. He feeds every day on the Word of God, exercises himself unto godliness, labors in the Vineyard of the Lord, takes his burdens to the Throne of Grace, and rests on the exceeding great and precious promises of God. He isn’t perfect, but he is growing in that direction. The Blessed Believer has- -hope in the gospel -faith in the Word -love in his heart -joy unspeakable -peace that passeth all understanding -humility in his mind -the yoke of Christ upon his neck -the world under his feet, and -a crown of glory over his head. He is blessed because he- -believes firmly -prays fervently -walks carefully -works patiently -labors abundantly -lives holily -dies daily -serves faithfully -fights intensely -watches constantly -guards his heart -redeems his time -loves his Savior -helps his neighbor -worships sincerely, and -longs for glory! The Blessed Believer is best described in Psalm 1:1-3, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.