Monday, September 3, 2007

Just a Labor Day thought


"1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." (Psalm 1)

A good Christian is not one who believes in God’s Word, necessarily; rather a good Christian is one who delights in His Word. Do you enjoy God’s Word? Is it your meditation all the day? Do you have a regular time wherein you ‘get in the book?’ Our prayers should not only be for God to give us sharp minds to comprehend His Word, but also burning hearts to love God’s Word. This verse contrasts the character traits of a blessed man vs. the ungodly. The blessed man stays away from ungodliness, sin, and scorning. He is a man who enjoys or delights in the Bible. He constantly thinks about the Word of God. As a result he becomes strong and like the tree planted by the rivers of water, he becomes fruitful and prosperous. He truly is a blessed man. Blessings are deeper than happiness. If the idea of blessedness can be conveyed by the word ‘happy,’ then many drunkards are blessed since they are having a ‘good time’ and are relatively ‘happy.’ But we know that is utterly foolish to say that drunkards are blessed. Therefore, blessedness is more than happiness. The man who delights or enjoys God’s Word is blessed because of God. God takes care of such a man, and God makes all the difference. Just a “Labor Day” thought! Have a blessed day!

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