01-08 – How to Prosper

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Overview: In Hebrew, the book of Psalms is called Tehillim, “Songs of Praise,” or in fuller form, Sefer Tehillim, “Book of Psalms.” In these models of prayer and praise, Israel shaped appropriate and effective ways of speaking to God. Through the psalms, Israel expressed painful experiences of loss and turmoil, and exciting experiences of rescue and blessing. Psalm 1 introduces the book of Psalms and encourages meditation in this book as “the Law of the Lord.” The psalm describes who will be blessed and explains that person’s character and fate. It then pronounces the fate of “the wicked,” and closes with a statement that reveals God’s role in determining man’s fate.

Memory verse: Psalm 1:3 – He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, 
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, 
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season, 
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, 
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, 
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Confession: I will not walk, stand, or sit in the ways of the sinful and ungodly. In doing this, I will be blessed (happy)! I will meditate on the Word of God all the time. I am planted in Him and I will bear fruit, and because I am planted in Him, everything I do will prosper.

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Posted on January 7, 2017 .