Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wisdom from the Psalms

I've been reading the Psalms a lot lately. There is so much wisdom found in each one. Here is Psalm 1 (NIV):

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do 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 leads to destruction.
 

  This is my paraphrased version of Psalm 1, written directly to me.

Katherine, a woman finds blessings in turning aside from the things that delight the wicked, and instead finds delight in the law of the Lord, reading and thinking about that law all day long, and even into the night. She blossoms like the tree near a stream - one that gets plenty of water. You see fruit on this tree. Such a woman remains young-looking. Everything she touches turns to gold - it prospers. Her plans come to fruition as she goes about her work.

She is different from the wicked people around her. They seem so insubstantial. Their lives don't stand up well to the tests of life. The judgement overwhelms them. They stick out like sinners in a congregation of saints, for God knows just who is a saint, and who is a sinner and the way of the sinner does not prosper.

(God calls His children saints. He sees them washed as white as snow through the redeeming sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, not through any merit of their own.)


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