The blessedness, fruitfulness and security of walking with God: Excepts from Psalm 1
Two lives different outcomes
In my church we've been looking at the general theme: Growing in the Word.
Why do I need to bother about this? Well this topic is very important to every Christian because as Christians we need to feed our Spirit Man that is being renewed into the image of His creator. The Word of God is Spirit and it's Life.
The passage in the book of Psalm is very engaging. If you look at it on the surface ot may appear that the are just mere words, but they are not. The whole scripture is God breathed! (That it's inspired by God). Moreover the word of god cannot be broken. It will achieve it's purpose no matter who questions it. Do you believe this?
Well whether you believe or you don't is insignificant. However, God wants you to believe His Word so that you can reap the benefits thereof.
This is exactly what I want to share with you in this very short article. Our focus will bePsalm 1.I'll be looking at the truth in this passage and try to explore the benefits or rewards we receive by obeying the Word of Life.
The Psalm is made up of six (6) verses. And I'll try and divide it into four sections, thematically speaking.
Mind how you walk -Verses 1- 2
This verse makes it clear to us that there is joy for those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners or join those who mock the things of God.
" Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers."
Are you involved in any of these acts? Whose advice do you follow? Who do you stand around with or join? The answer may be the reason your being joyful or not.
What's your delight - verses 2-3
What do you delight in? We have different things that capture our attention.. "Take delight in the LORD and he will give you your heart's desires (Psalm 37:4)
In Psalm 1: 2 -3 we see the sameword of encouragement.
"But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like tree planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do."
What's your delight? What do you meditate on? You see these two activities does impact our whole being. Is the centre of your being in God or somewhere else? The metaphors of a tree planted along the riverbank show how fruitful you can become by delighting on the law of God and meditating on it day and night.
The place of the wicked and sinners - verses 4-5
From the forgoing verse these verses makes a powerful statement based on the outcome form verse 1- 3. The wicked does things opposite to the godly. The result of this is that they will receive their rewards. Look at verses 4 -4:
" But not the wicked! Tyey are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgement.
Sinners will have no place among the godly."
There is need for us to examine ourselves. Not based on our own yardstick, but on God's. Who is the wicked and the sinner? We need to make peace with God and be reconciled with Him in Christ Jesus.
Outcome of godly vs the wicked
The verse is very comforting. It uplifts the spirit. In a nutshell the godly walks on God's path - and God watched this path.
Not so for the wicked. The path of the wicked leads to destruction.
The choice is your! Whose path are you walking or would you like to walk in? Weight the benefit of each and also the end.
B S C Ugoji 07/03/2011