Psalms Chapter 1: Are you planted by God?

Psalm Chapter 1  (Unless otherwise cited the scriptural references in these devotionals are from the King James Version of the Bible found on http://www.Biblegateway.com – Public Domain edition.)

Verse 1: “The word “blessed” means “happy” or “inward joy is theirs” (Matt. 5:3-12). This is an exclamation of strong emotion, it is the result of intense reflection on a subject. The psalmist paints a picture of the never-ending pull of evil.  The psalmist is experiencing deep-seated joy and contentment in God. The psalm speaks to redemptive favor (compare the blessings and cursings of (Deut. 27:11 – 28:6).

Verse 2: Case declares:

When we think upon God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us of the hidden things of the Word. The more we meditate, the more we know. We will never be able to learn it all, but we can learn more each time we study and think about God’s Word. When it says day and night, it is speaking of taking God’s Word with us wherever we go. Our waking thoughts are all guided by God’s Word. Even in business transactions, we should make our decisions based on God’s Word (Case, K. Psalm Chapter 1 retrieved from https://www.bible-studys.org/Bible%20Books/Psalms/Psalm%201.html )

Verse 3-6 “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.  Friends, trees do not plant themselves. Sinful people will not be able to put themselves into God’s kingdom. Salvation is His incredible work of grace through Christ Jesus. Isaiah 61:3 declares  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; [Why is he doing all of this?] that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Let’s see what  Matt. 15:13 says But he answered and said, Every plant, [ Who does the planting?] which my heavenly Father hath not planted, [What will happen to the outliers that were planted by someone else?] shall be rooted up. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. The opposite of being solidly plants is a tree that is sitting in the ground, it was not planted deep enough for the roots to reach the nutrients in the soil, so its roots go down but it struggles to produce fruit. Or it could even be a lemon tree that was planted in the middle of a peach orchard.  It sticks out like a sore thumb. The ungodly are like that barely planted tree or the lemon tree that is in the middle of the peach orchard. The soil and the food that it will receive will not allow it to thrive.

Just look at what God wants for us. 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Some people cannot handle great wealth.  They squander it on pleasures of the flesh.  Have you ever seen what has happened to lottery winners? “

People who win big lottery jackpots blow their money in a few years. Read the article here.

Examples of the “curse of the lottery” abound – from the West Virginia man whose daughter and granddaughter died of overdoses after he won $315 million in 2002, to the Kentucky man who claimed a $21 million prize in 2001 and lost it all by 2006.

Scripture warns that that wealth should be the end game of our lives. Seek God first.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 

Again case describes this situation with clarity. Sometimes it is bed to have someone else deliver the bad news when it comes to certain scriptures.

To “stand in the judgment” of God is a desired outcome here, a symbol of divine approval. “Congregation of the righteous” refers to God’s people, those whose faith is reflected by their delight in God’s Word (1:2), and who live according to it.

In the day of judgment, the wicked will not be left standing with those who love God and strive to obey Him; they will be separated and sentenced to eternal punishment. There are many of us walking around espousing our righteousness, bu infact we live lives that are self-centered and in denial of the guidance from God’s word. What are you talking bout Joyce? Here is a prime example.  SOmeone told me that they do not understand why they should tithe a tenth of their income to their church. If God has all things in this world then he does not need their money.  I tried to explain to them that it was not so much about taling their money as it was being obdeient to God’s direction for us to give happily and willingly to support the work of God.  Ministries should not have to beg their member to give.  When God blesses you with the writing of his word, the service of his servants, then we should support that ministry. Why? It takes money to go out and serve the many.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

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