It is a new year, praise God! The Psalms are a collection of some of the most beloved scriptures in history. David and the other contributing authors share their hearts in each chapter. They extol God’s greatness in their songs of victory. They share their anguish as they review various trials and their life condition. The Psalms are a compelling series of snapshots of the writers most genuine and real thoughts about the mighty God they serve.
In Psalm 1, David opens the book with the best and shortest summary of what is the longest book in the Bible. David contrasts those that seek God and those that do not. David contrasts their lifestyles, The ungodly are defined by whose counsel they value, their associates, and their disdain and disregard for God and His word. they are never satisfied nor are they happy for the long haul. they literally dry up and blow away. No matter what direction they turn, it ends badly.
Conversely, The godly are defined by their love for Adonai and His word. It is what feeds and protects them in both good times and bad. David likens them to a tree planted by a river. Where, even in heat and drought, the tree is fed and thrives. It is not that they do not encounter trials, it is simply that God protects and provides for them during those trials.
In our lives, we must make 2022 the year we seek God, His counsel, and His word. As we do, we can take root in the Lord, and allow Him to be the stream that feeds and waters us. We can in turn, use his preparation to bear much fruit. Whether that fruit is lives for the Lord, fruits of His Spirit, or simply the fruit of fellowship with others of His chosen; our hearts need to be turned toward the Lord and sunk deeply into His word.
God Bless You
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.