Psalms

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man[a]
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

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  • Is there a promise to remember?

If I delight in the Lord & His law (or instruction), and meditate (or think) on it daily, I will be blessed.

  • Is there an application to follow or a command to obey?

I must read God’s word, and anxiously await instruction through it by the Spirit (streams of water), to produce fruit (good things from God)  in my life.  The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self control (Galatians 5:22-23).  This fruit can never die.

  • Are there attitudes that needed changing, or an error to avoid?

I must avoid taking advice from those who do not know the Lord, and not entertain the practice of thinking I know everything.  I must not interact with people that do not know Christ just because I want to be their friend.  The Spirit inside me will not contend with them, and if they are not receptive to words about the Lord, then they will be driven away.

  • Is there a sin being revealed?

Yes, I sin against my family, friends, and neighbors when I speak as though I know everything in a belittling manner…especially when I try to give advice that does not correspond with God’s word.

  • Does this make you want to pray for someone or yourself?

Lord, I do not know everything.  Give me wisdom and understanding and reveal it through your word.  Give me the strength and realization that I should shut my mouth in self control until I am empowered to be gentle with my words.  When I do speak, Lord, give me the words that edify, and not condemn.  And Lord place those people in my life that are open to hearing and receiving your words.  Give me a hope that those around me will heed your instruction and turn to you as Lord and Savior over their lives.

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