This is going to be the start of a brand new addition to my blog. As soon as I get the time to figure out the link system, I will set it up. My hope for this is to have people link up to their blog and give their thoughts on each scripture. Psalms will be Fridays, Proverbs on Mondays, Matthew through the New Testament will be on Tuesdays, and Genesis through the Old Testament will be Wednesdays. Now the coming week may not be up to par, as hubby's parents are visiting. They came in yesterday. She has friends here that they will be visiting, so we don't know just when we will get together. It's a play it by ear. I should be able to get on at night at least. We will see. But the following week will start a thorough dedication. I hope you all will join me.
For now, the instruction is to leave a comment stating that you partook in the study on your blog and then I will edit and add links to your blogs for people to follow. Thanks for your participation. Love you all, God Bless. Let's get fed and feed others! Praise God!
Book I of Psalms (1-41)
Today's Chapter 1:
1 Happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers!
2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears it's fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
4 The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgement, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over teh way of the righteous, but they way of the wicked leads to ruin.
v1 When we avoid those that are wicked and are not tempted by the enemy, we are a happy people. Any one ever notice when you think back that during a time you may have allowed the enemy to tempt you to do something you knew was wrong, life at the time may have seemed great, but in the long wrong, it caused misery? Or you are with people that are sinning, you know they are, but you think to yourself, oh well, I'm not doing it so what's the big deal? Well, you are with them, you see them doing it, you're allowing it to happen, so doesn't that make us just as guilty of the sin(s)?
v2 When we are walking the righteous path of the Lord, we are that happy person in v1. This is why we are instructed to read the Bible daily; to be fed with the Lord's instructions for our lives. Once we have read the Bible through, should we stop reading it? No way, it's important to keep reading it through, memorizing scriptures that tell us what we are to do. The more we read the Bible through, the more we will learn, the more it will stick with us.
v3 We develop those strong roots in the Lord when we walk in line with the Lord. We become fruitful and prosper in life. When we aren't getting fed, our roots begin to come to the surface, we no longer bear our fruits, and we wither up.
v4 We are like the chaff being blown away in the wind when we allow ourselves to become wicked. Chaff is the fine stuff that creates a dust when reaping a field of wheat. Think about that for a minute. We are like the chaff being blown away. Who wants that kind of life? Basically that makes us insignificant; we don't have a life.
v5 Our goal should be to follow Christ, our pathway to heaven. Our door to our Heavenly Father. When we don't and reach judgment day, we will not be allowed to pass through that door. I don't know about you, but the thought of gnashing teath, constant agoning, moaning and groaning, crying all the time for eternity is not appealing at all. In fact it sends chills down my spine.
v6 The Lord watches over us 24/7. He doesn't miss a beat. He created us. He knows how many hairs are on our heads, he knows every pore on our bodies, there isn't ANYTHING that we can keep from Him. Nothing at all will escape the eyes of the Lord. I've heard some say, "Well He has to sleep sometime. There is no way He can watch us 24/7." Well obviously they need to be fed and given the word of the Lord.
Father God, we come to You today to give You thanks and praise. You are truly an awesome God all the time. You never leave us or forsake us. You pick us up when we are down. Like the Footprints in the sand, "when there is only one set of foot prints, it's because you are carrying us when we are weak!" Father, we thank You for Your precious loving heart to take care of us in our times of need. Please daddy, place a kind, loving heart in our beings, so that we too may show the love you show us. Let our souls sing out your greatness so that others may be led to you as well. Fill us with the Holy Spirit daddy. Lead us to those that need to know Your name; to those who know only evil so that they may be saved as well. For we know that without your presence, we are nothing but the chaff blowing away by the wind. As you say in Mat. 18:12-14 ...If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won't he leave teh 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? 13 And if he finds it, I assure you: he rejoices over the sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray. 14 In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish. Thank you Father for finding us and bringing us back to you when we stray. Your faithfulness to Your flock is a blessing upon us all. Praise You Father. Thank You Jesus. In Jesus sweet and Holy name, Amen!