“Blessed is the person who…” Psalm 1
If I want to be blessed (and who doesn’t!) David gives me some more clear counsel for life.
“Blessed is the person who does not:
1. walk in the counsel of the wicked
2. stand in the way of sinners
3. sit in the seat of scoffers,
but who does:
4. delight in the law of God, and
5. meditate on that law day and night
And the result is four-fold
1. He is like a tree planted by streams of water
2. He yields his fruit at just the right time
3. His leaf does not wither
4. All that he does prospers.”
Not bad for just being careful who I choose to associate with and what I choose to focus my attention on! The two key operative words for positive direction for me this morning are “delighting,” and “meditating.” They both remind me again of the value of not just making my connection with God a mechanical task but a passionate connection. I can’t just sort of prefer God when it’s convenient; I need to delight in the privilege of being His child. I can’t just think about Him once and while; I need to give intentional and focused attention on Him, undistracted by other things SO THAT I can grasp the potential He has for me.
The song for today (that, by the way is what “psalm” means- song!) tells me to be careful not to hang around the wrong kind of people who are doing the wrong kind of things. I think I can do that best by just being certain that I AM hanging around the right Person! Delighting in Him; listening attentively to Him. The result is- I prosper- according to His definition of prosperity, which I continue to find delights me!
Have a great day being delighted by God,
Quote for the day: “Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?”
PS Vespers tonight is the by our UC music groups for the Mid America Union Music Festival concert. Great music for us and our guests to bless us tonight. It all starts at 7:30 in the church.
We spent the morning at the Vatican and the afternoon just walking around and seeing the sites of Rome. Today it’s the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Mammertine Prison (where Paul was imprisoned when in Rome), the holy steps and whatever else we can see! Lots of history and things to see here.