Psalm 1

Pastor’s Devotional
Encouragement from the Psalms

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To that end, we will be bringing you some devotional thoughts from the book of Psalms
to help stay your heart and mind on the goodness and faithfulness of God.
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“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalms 1:1-6 NIV

“Blessed,” what a way to start the Psalms off! That word “blessed” should pique our interest because all of us are curious about how we can participate, how we can get in on living the blessed life. Psalms use the word “blessed” 26 times so if you are wondering what it means to be blessed, let Psalms define it for you.

Psalms 32:1-2 says, “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity and in whose spirit is no deceit.” David is clearly saying that there is no such thing as a blessed life unless we experience supernatural intervention in Christ which brings forgiveness and covering of our sin. Soak that in for a moment.

Psalms 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Here blessed is defined as having the LORD as a refuge, a haven, a rock, and a fortress.  

Well if that is what blessed is count me in. That’s exactly what I long for and want. But how? The Psalmist tells us blessed is wrapped up in delighting in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night and the result is enjoying abundance, purpose, power, and fortitude in the LORD.

The Psalmist also spells out pitfalls to avoid on our way to being blessed: He says, if you want to be blessed, DON’T walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners and sit in the seat of mockers – the result of those activities is a life that is blown away, that perishes and is judged wanting.

In these days of trouble and trial, of fear and failing, of hoarding and haranguing turn your attention to the LORD and his desire to secure for you in His Son, Jesus, life, and life to the full. Be blessed!

Prayer: Dear God, our strength, our refuge, our fortress. Show us what it means to be blessed in you. Help us to avoid walking in the counsel of the wicked and standing in the way of sinners and sitting in the seat of mockers and open us to the delighting in your law and relishing it day and night in Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

Pastor Dennis Stoneman

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