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The blessed man!

Scripture reading for June 3: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylon.  David was one of the primary authors of the psalms, and many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he experienced life in all it’s emotional ups and downs! 

The first psalm was about a man who is blessed by God.  The blessed person doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  How does the blessed man know what wickedness is? Who is a sinner and what is a mocker? This man knows because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He meditated on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understood good and evil, righteousness and wickedness. 

The blessed man was described as a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and leafy and green because it’s roots were well-supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, water from underground brought productivity.  God abundantly supplied this man because of the Word he meditated on.  What an encouraging picture to begin worship with!

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff off of the wheat, that the wind blows away.  It was only good for burning.  Just like the chaff that was separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God watches over the righteous to protect and reward them.  God will also make sure the wicked perish.

How does this psalm point us to Jesus Christ? In what way or ways does this psalm help you in worship and joyful living? What doctrines are being taught in this first worship psalm? Does worship have a place in teaching doctrine?

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Rooted and built up in Christ

Scripture reading for June 22nd: Colossians 2, Psalm 124, Proverbs 31

Colossians 2:5-10 “For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority.”

Paul rejoiced at the report of these believers becoming established in their faith and rooted and built up in Christ. The growth came as a result of following the sound teaching of Christ’s Word and thankful and humble listening and application. Paul warned them about other voices seeking to take them captive and deceive them. These false teachers used philosophy and worldly spirits to draw away disciples from truth. But Christ had given the believers fullness of the Holy Spirit and understanding of Christ through His Word. They had escaped the snares of the false teachers and allowed the Word to take root in their hearts as a seed in good soil. As they would abide in Christ, they would produce much fruit to His glory!

Psalm 124:7-8 “We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! Our help is in the Name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for delivering us from the captivity of sin and worldly spirits through Christ Jesus, head of all rule and authority. Help me to hear Your Word today and fill me with Your fullness that I might abide in Christ, rooted deeper today than yesterday. Use me as a fruitful branch of the Vine of Jesus to produce abundant fruit through Your strength and Gospel message.

Proverbs 31:16-17 “She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” (The excellent wife, Bride of Christ)

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The Blessed Man!

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile.  David was one of the primary authors and  many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he walked with God.

Psalm 1 is about a man who is blessed by God.  There are some things this man does not do.  He doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.   This man knows what to do because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He is meditating on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understands good and evil.

The ‘blessed man’ was compared to a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and was leafy and green because it’s roots were well supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, it drew its water from God’s stream.    God abundantly supplied this man because of his faith in God’s word.

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff off of the wheat.  The wind came and blew it away.  It was good for nothing but to be burned up.  Just like the chaff that is separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God is watching over the righteous to provide and protect and ultimately reward them.  God is also going to make sure the wicked perish!

This song about the blessed man is for us today!  We are to meditate on the Word of God and focus on the living Word, Jesus Christ!  Life flows from Him and in Him we find eternal life!  Blessing is favor and a river of good flowing from the source of all blessing, God.  God loves to bless those who sit at His feet, stand in His way and walk by faith in His Word.

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