“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
The word used here for “blessed” is describing the state of being happy. It is a condition, the overall attitude and temper of the “nation” or people. Happy are the people when God is their Lord.
But why are the people happy when God is the Lord? In our post-reformation, 21 century idea of scriptural things, “God and Lord” are often thought to be synonymous. They are not.
God comes from the Hebrew word “Elohiym”. It is the same word used in Genesis 1:1 (In the beginning, “God” created…). It is in the masculine form but more importantly, Elohiym is a plural. It represents the one true God i.e., the Holy Trinity.
Lord transliterates from the Hebrew word “Jehovah”. It is the name of Elohiym.
In short, the people (nation) are happy when the Holy Trinity (Jehovah) is the one true God and worshipped as such.
Here’s another point to consider. Just who are these people that God has, “chosen for his own inheritance”? At first it was Moses and the Israelites. This was all part and parcel of the Old Testament covenant. But then due to sin and rebellion God introduced a new covenant.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:31-33).
In the new covenant we have the good news of Jesus Christ. It is the clarion call and very clear call to the way, the truth and the life. It is the call to salvation. All who respond to the call is God’s chosen generation, a holy people, redeemed of the Lord.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away” (Hebrews 8:12-13).
Happy are the people that love and worship the one true God for, “righteousness exalteth a nation” (Proverbs 14:34).