"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..."
God bless you.
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water which brings forth its fruit in its season. His leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so
but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
Today's Psalm is basically the way I grew up. The Lord trained me in discernment with parents who were, at heart, polar opposites. I got to see first-hand the result of decisions made for God and against God.
In my own life this Psalm played out in decisions I made for and against His will, repeatedly. It made me think of the various kings of Israel the Bible puts forth in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles. I was very much impacted by the truth that, whenever a righteous king was enthroned, the will and favor of God lifted Israel just like Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses against the Amalekites.
Conversely, an unrighteous king brought the wrath of God upon the nation in negative manifestations like drought and falling to the hands of their enemies.
The same results accompanied personal decisions in my walk with Christ. When I obeyed Him, I succeeded in all I did - period. During the dark time I contested His will and directives, my joy dried up, and I often wondered why I was alive. Despair was a constant, devious companion.
The success or disaster of life comes down to one decision for righteousness - our decision. Psalm 1 already lays out how things will go based on the direction we take. I urge all of you today to choose the blessed way. Walk in the wise counsel of Holy Spirit and prosper... make it through every trial confronting you.
Have an awesomely blessed week!
(Originally published July 7, 2013)
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