You probably wonder where I’ve been. The last entry in my blog was Sunday, when I vowed to start doing better with my devotional life, and post some thoughts on my reading here. Well, I got out of the hospital Sunday after as second stem cell transplant and went to my daughters house for a couple days until the follow up visit. Monday I was very sick, the worst day I’ve had through this whole process. Tuesday and Wednesday were better, but still feeling lousy. This morning, I am feeling better and stronger Praise God. Hopefully now I can begin to get into the word and share with you as I said I would.
After praying about where to start, I was led to the Psalms. Since I am a writer of poems and psalms my self, I think this is fitting. The Lord has led me to write over 700 songs, psalms of praise and poems over the last 6 years, and I know He is not done yet.
So let’s start in Psalm 1:
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.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 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.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
This is a lot to comment on in one day, so II will try to keep it brief. Upon reading this, I have to ask myself how I am doing on the points in verses 1&2. Whose counsel do I listen to? I do my nest to listen for the Holy Spirit when I need council on heavier matters, and I listen to the experts when it comes to my business. But do I bow to peer pressure? Rarely.
Do I stand in the way of sinners? I see two ways to take this admonition. The first is the one most think of – do I live and associate with sinners on a regular basis, or is my fellowship with the saints. We have to have some time around sinners, or we will never have a chance to witness to them. But David is saying we should not be spending a majority of our time with them. I am not a social person, so this one is not a problem for me.
The second meaning I see in this is that we should not stand in a sinners way when he is trying to come to the Lord. We should do all we can to help him get there. On this count, i am not doing so well. I see myself judging people on what I see instead of looking for their heart. I make my own decision on whether they would be open to the gospel instead of just presenting it to them. I must work on this aspect, and be a better witness for my Lord.
Sitting in the seat of the scornful is also not a problem for me. I tend to be an upbeat person always looking on the sunny side of life. I stay away from gossip and putting people down. After all, I have a Heavenly Father who loves me,! What can I possibly be scornful about?
I love the word, but as I have said, I am not in it regularly, so I fall short on verse 2. I must work on this part of my life. I know the scripture pretty well, so am able to pray using scripture, and meditate on His word daily, but I am not in the word, and I need to do that.
So I have some areas to work on, and with God’s help I am going to do that. I think this blog has gone long enough today, so I will come back to Psalm 1 tomorrow.