New month and new Bible book, this time we are in the Old Testament with Psalm 1. Graham and Julie have provided the notes.
Psalm 1 speaks clearly of the 2 ways to live, the way of the sinners & the way of the righteous. There is no middle line we either follow the narrow path which is God’s way of obedience or the broad path where we rebel which leads to destruction. We can see the contrasts of the way of the righteous & the ungodly. We are all sinners but can be made righteous through the Blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
What a joy it is to know that God wants to bless the righteous. He blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others, but this requires a response from us. V2 tells us to read God’s word & meditate on it day & night allowing it to direct & guide us in our daily lives into righteousness. Just as the tree soaks up water & has good strong roots & bears good fruit, we should saturate ourselves in God’s word & have firm roots in our Christian faith to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us & through us to bear good fruit Gal 5 22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5 22-23)
The challenge to us as followers of Jesus is where are our roots & are we bearing good fruit?
In contrast to the believer we see the unbelievers in V4 are like Chaff, they have no roots, produce no fruit & are blown about, the symbol of a faithless life drifting along without direction & rejecting the Word of God. V5&6 clearly underlines there are 2 ways to live & the choice is ours, the choice we make affects our eternal destiny: present or absent with the Lord in eternity: judgement heaven or hell the choice is ours.
This Psalm shows us there are 2 paths, 2 lifestyles, 2 destinies in life, which path; lifestyle & destiny are you following? V 6 states the Lord watches over the way of the righteous but the wicked will perish.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Thank you for saving us. May we be a blessing to others, we pray our lives & actions will be honouring & glorifying to God & God will use us to lead others to Jesus. Amen.