I think this blog is going to be a great thing. I say that because this last week, out of all weeks,(when i wanted to begin my blog) I almost got into a few horribly bad car accidents. For one, my brakes failed and the words “semi-truck” and “impatient driver” describe the other almost-accidents.
Another reason is because when I was writing my first post , I pressed the wrong button and WHAM-O! Everything I had written was gone. I guess I’ve learned two lessons this past week. Get your car checked routinely and don’t press the backspace button to many times when you’re on WordPress.
Anyway, after all that, my blog is finally up and running! So to start things off, want to tell you about something that I have been doing the last couple of days. I wanted to spend time with God more so I have been reading the Psalms. Just been reading the first 30. I read the Psalms when I need encouragement, if i’m scared or depressed or just when I want to read something that will make me feel like God is wrapping His loving arms around me. So here is the first.
I have always loved Psalm 1. The short version is that the Psalmist is talking about the godly vs. the ungodly. The way of blessing and the way of destruction.
Those that are godly will be blessed (verse 1) and will be like a tree planted by the rivers (verse 3). The ungodly on the other hand, will be cut like chaff (verse 4). Chaff is the nasty part of grain – the husk. It is the part of the plant that is thrown away. Basically, it’s saying that those that choose to live their lives without God in the picture will be discarded like the nasty part of grain.
So after hearing all of that, what’s a person to do? What’s a person to think about this God who apparently “thows people away?” I have to admit that was a pretty intense analogy, being thrown away by God. But for right now, let’s focus on the part of the Psalm that is the beautiful anaolgy of the tree.
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…whose leaf shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper” (Verse 3). This is a promise from the Lord. Those who are delighting and walking with God and those who meditate on His word (verse 2), will be like the tree pictured above. They will be rooted and grounded. Their lives will prosper and be blessed. They will have life.
Nasty chaff? Or beautiful tree? A beautiful tree is my goal.
God gives us the choice. It’s up to us.
Until next time!