Psalm 1 (January 19, 2011)

January 19 2011

Psalm 1

Today we will begin to examine the results of devotion to God’s Word (3):

1. Transplantation: Like a tree (simile) planted by streams of water.

2. Stability: Trees planted by water are constantly fed and nourished by the stream and become strong.

3. Fruit: That nourishment produces fruit. What is the fruit that we see in the life of a Christian as a result of knowing God in the Bible? Good works, as evidenced in Philippians 1:9-11 as well as Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)

Hope in the Psalms

Remember that the reason for the study of Scripture is transformation, not information. We study the Bible to know God and be changed by God. Aren’t you thankful that God uses the Scriptures to change us? Even if you can’t see how you are changing, by God’s grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the instruction of the Scriptures, obedience and the encouragement of the church, you are.

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 1 (January 19, 2011)

  1. Sanctification…where would I be without it? Makes me shudder. So thankful for His continuing work in transforming me. A tough job and He’s the only one that can do it. 🙂

  2. My favorite part: “firmly planted by streams of water”. Scripture roots (pardon the pun) us purposefully in a place where we are not just fed, but abundantly fed. Our relationship with God is not random luck. A tree doesn’t need more than one stream to nourish it, but God gives us more than enough in His word.

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