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Things Songs Can Teach 1

April 20, 2010

As a worship pastor/music guy/lover of Jesus, I love the Psalms.  There is so much passion, revelation, wisdom, beauty, lament, and hope contained in them.  Over the coming weeks or so, I’m going to pull out a few and we’ll take a look at the things songs can teach.

Psalm 1 (ESV)

Verse 1: Things to watch:

Blessed is the man –
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, – (Be careful who your friends are, who you let influence you)
nor stands in the way of sinners, – (Be careful watch you choose to participate in and stand for)
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; – (Be careful of the attitudes you adopt and not think more highly of yourself than you ought)

Verse 2: Things to do

but his delight is in the law of the LORD, – (This is a choice.  Choose to delight in God’s ways, the things of God.  This has a lot to do with what you choose to say!)
and on his law he meditates day and night. – (The scriptures say to “set your mind on things above”.  Think on Godly things.  Memorize scripture.  Speak scripture.  Pray!)

Verse 3: Here are the results

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water – (We will have life and life overflowing)
that yields its fruit in its season, – (God’s nature will be worked out in our lives, attitudes, choices, etc.)
and its leaf does not wither. –
(We will endure the seasons of life)
In all that he does, he prospers – (There will be God’s favor in what we do)

As you read the rest of the psalm, it doesn’t go so well for those who keep bad influences, bad habits, bad attitudes – those who continue in to walk in ways that are not Gods – sin.

The amazing thing about this relationship with Christ in which we have be rescued by grace alone through faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His resurrection, is that doing things God’s way reaps blessings in our lives.  I’m not talking about money or financial prosperity.  I’m talking about spiritual prosperity.  A rich depth in our relationship with the Creator of the universe.  A joy that surpasses the circumstances of life and relationships that flourish in Christ.

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One Comment
  1. verse 1 and 2 are reminding me to be in the world but not of it. also the hebrew word for meditate used in verse 2 actualy means to utter it out loud. i think i need to actualy speak scripture more and not just think about it.

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