Psalm 1

Devotional by Monty Sholund, Village Schools’ Founder

The Psalms are strong instructions from the Lord for a walk with Him here on earth, so we may know Him well.  The Proverbs, on the other hand, are instructions for a useful life on earth, so we may share Him well.

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So we begin today with PSALM 1 and I want to spend a moment on vs.3, “The blessed man is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.”  What a marvelous promise to the believers whose ‘delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law they meditate day and night.’ (vs.2).

The key to this description is referring to delighting in the Lord, thinking about His Word day and night.  I love the word there in verse 2, ‘whose delight is in the Law of the Lord’, in the Word of God.   It is always thrilling to be with someone who is thoroughly enjoying what they are doing.  Watch the smile on Tiger Woods when he gets an eagle, look at the radiance on the face of a champion figure skater when the result is all 6’s, look at the sheer pleasure on the face of a highschool footballer whose life is largely football and he scores a touch-down.  One could go on and on.  But the reason for the delight is the depth of the preparation, the fact of the commitment, the growth of the understanding of the subject.  We delight in the presence of someone we deeply love, and our delight simply invites us to love them all the more.

Some people say the Bible is boring, others that it is inscrutable, incomprehensible.

But the new birth brings new appetite, and appetite engenders a hunger that grows with excellent nourishment.  And as we feed on God’s Word, we find a delight in it beyond description, and we find our minds brooding over it, even during the busy moments of a work-day.  And the result?  Well, our verse for today is well worth memorizing…the blessed person becomes planted, rooted alongside the living Water, and the result is the fulfillment of the purpose for which we have been born anew, as described in John 15:16, “You didn’t choose me but I chose you and anointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain.”  And life is always fresh, and one does prosper, according to God’s measure of prosperity, simply bringing Him glory and enjoyment.  Ian Thomas said, “Go where you’re sent, stay where you’re planted, give what you can.”   That’s a blessed man!

“Thank you Lord for these precious promises in your wonderful Word.  Bless my friend who is alongside with a hunger to know you and grow in your Presence.  Bless any who are alongside, Lord, with special needs.  Use us all, for your Glory.”

Psalm 1

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