Psalm 1:1-3

Society gives us a false identity of what a blessed person resembles.  It is not what we drive, the house we live in, the position or titles we may hold, or even our bank account.  What good would it be to have all that but have no peace, joy, love or happiness?  If God blesses you with it, then He will give you provision to keep it.  I recall when I started my first real job with benefits.  During orientation, they explained my job responsibilities and then they suggested that I take this manual home explaining my coverage in my benefit package.  I was so excited because I never had coverage and it seemed like a great plan.  Could it be the reason our faith is not growing is because we haven’t truly looked at our benefit package (The Bible)?  Here in Psalm 1 we see the writer giving us instruction on what to stay away from in order to receive the blessings God has for us.

Obedience brings blessings and disobedience brings burdens.  In life, there will be blessing blockers which will attempt to deter you from your destination.  Be careful of ungodly advice which can lead you down the wrong path.  Some people are hindering us instead of helping us reach our purpose, so we must surround ourselves with people who will push us toward our potential and purpose.  If you are the smartest person in your circle, then it might be time to add some other people.  This is a season of evaluating your circle and examining our conversations.

The text goes on to warn us of standing in the way that sinners take.  Our mindset must be on the ways of Christ, otherwise we will fall back to our old ways.  Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  God did not deliver you to stand in, but rather stand out.  The text reminds us not to sit in the company of mockers.  If the people we keep company with are judgmental, then please don’t think for a minute that when you’re not around they’re not judging or persecuting you.  You can’t get better hanging with bitter people.

If we believe the ungodly advice, then our behavior will change and will lead to us belonging or surrounding ourselves with people that do not have our best interest at heart.  The text encourages us that if we take delight in meditating on His word, then God will position us like a tree planted by streams of water.  We must have an appetite for the word of God so that when trouble or temptation comes, we can pass the test.  What are you craving?  The word will get you through the wilderness.  This particular portion of the text is saying not only will God position us, but He will give us provision.  Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.  The text goes on to say the tree will yield its fruit in season and its leaf shall not wither.  The source of our life (God) will not only bless you with resources (water, fruit), but He will also sustain it.  Leaves normally fall off trees in certain seasons and elements but God is saying your blessing will not dry up.  The text also says whatever they do prospers. The favor of God will be on your life because of the faith you have in God.  Family, no matter how tough the test is, always remember that it is an open book test with all the answers.

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