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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sunday Snippets: The Blessed Man

I am going to try to start doing a post each Sunday (probably releasing on Saturday night due to the fact that we commute an hour and 40 minutes to church quite early), but anyway...I am just going to have it be a short read, dwelling on a small portion of Scripture. I hope each one of you has a blessed Lord's Day!

Psalm 1

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. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The "Blessed Man" who is the theme of this small chapter, has a few clear determining characteristics. He doesn't take the advice of those who are not close to God, he doesn't stand by and watch the sin of others, (thus condoning it), nor does he plant himself where mockers can drag him down with their bitter words. To do these things would bring curses on him, not ever blessings! (verses 4-6)

Instead of doing these things, he delights himself in God's Word, loving it and saturating his mind with it. This continuance in God's law makes him so entrenched in it and what it means for his life that there is little else on his mind. He dwells on it during the day, and brings it back to his mind in the night. The Bible is the first and last thing on his heart each day. As a result, what joy and fulfillment he has! He is compared to a strong, lush tree, full of life and vitality. Is this not how we should all want our spiritual lives to be? Should we not strive towards this picture of a richly blessed life? Let's try this week to replace the evil or worthless things in our daily routine with Godly occupations. Ask someone to keep you accountable if it helps! I hope we can all work on this super important area! God bless,


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