Psalm Saturday: Psalm One Devotional

Psalm One is one of the best known and most beloved psalms, summarizing the two roads of life people can choose: a) the way of the righteous and b) the way of the wicked. There is a right way and a wrong way. The right way leads us closer to God. The wrong way leads us further and further astray the longer we remain on it.

As we are often reminded viewing the nightly news, there is a Good and an Evil that exists in this world we temporarily call home. The battle between Good and Evil is certainly nothing new. It has existed since the earliest beginnings of time; perhaps even longer. We can choose to follow Good or fall prey to a lifestyle of Evil. 

Psalm One reveals the importance of how we think about God, describing godly living contrasted against the hazards of an ungodly lifestyle. For the original biblical audience, Psalm One serves as a reminder of their hope in the Mosaic Covenant. For you and me, it reflects a picture of two roads. One road produces blessings. The other road results in the bitter fruits of sorrow and destruction.

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Living a life of obedience yields blessings, provides good spiritual health, and transforms our character and actions into something that is pleasing to the Lord. Without a healthy root system grounded in the Word, we are as sure to die spiritually as a tree is certain to rot. Following God leads to good things. 

The wicked have no concern for the things of God. They do not live to please the Lord.  Instead, they live to please themselves and satisfy their own passions. They have zero regard for living the spiritual life. A life lived simply to feed our own desires falls short of God’s plan for us. 

Psalm One ends with a warning of a future day of judgement in which the Lord will separate the godly from the ungodly, the righteous from the wicked, and the wheat from the chaff. It offers a stern warning reminding us to live our lives with the knowledge that one day we will be asked to give an account of the road we chose to travel. The road we choose is up to us. 

Psalm One makes it abundantly clear that a life lived trusting in the Lord and in full obedience to all He commands is the more profitable path to take.

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Are you ready to choose the right road?

I pray that you are.

God loves you. He does not wish anyone to perish. He gave His only Son so that we could be restored on a right path leading to a life lived in His presence forever.

Prayer:

Father God, I love you. I thank you for the grace and mercy you have bestowed on me and for giving me a second chance to follow You on the right path. Father, I pray that Your truth would be revealed to others and that they might come to know You as I have come to know You. Thank you for the truth of Your Word and the Wisdom it provides. Thank you for Your Son, through whom I am saved. Amen.

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How Great is Our God?

God has attributes of goodness and greatness. Attributes of greatness include spirituality, life, personality, infinity, and constancy.

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Spirituality: God is spirit. He is not composed of matter and does not possess a physical nature.

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24 (ESV)

Life: God is characterized by life. He is a living God and His existence is independent in that He doesn’t need anything else to exist. His very nature is to be.

Psalm 84:2 (NIV) My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

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Exodus 3:14(NIV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

Personality: God is an individual being with self-consciousness, will and the capabilities of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings. God has a name that He assigns to himself and through which He reveals himself.

Infinity: God is infinite. He is unlimited and unlimitable. He is a limitless being, unlike anything we experience.

  1. Space: God is not subject to the limitations of space
  2. Time: God is not limited by time. Time does not apply to Him. He is not bound    by time.
  3. Knowledge: God’s understanding and knowledge is immeasurable. He has access to all information, to all knowledge.
  4. Power: God is all-powerful. He can do all things which are proper objects of his power.

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Revelation 1:4 (ESV)

Constancy:  God is unchanging. There is no quantitative or qualitative change in God.

Ever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

What do we mean when we say God is free? God does not have the limitations of a physical body. He is not limited to any geographical or spatial location. God is not bound by space or time. He has all power and knowledge. God is infinite.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Always.

How Great Is Our God (World Edition) [feat. Chris Tomlin]

God’s Word Speaks

Biblical revelation demonstrates God supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture and He did so without usurping their human intelligence, literary style, or personal feelings. The message of Scripture is complete and coherent and recorded without error. The words of Scripture declare the divine authority and nature that inspired them. Even though all of the original manuscripts were lost, thousands of reliable copies exist.

Divinely inspired and humanly written, the accounts of Scripture are continually being demonstrated as accurate through archaeological study. The Bible does not claim to be an exact chronological record of ancient civilization. It’s purpose is not to prove that there is a God. God exists whether we believe He does or not. Scripture is not an exhaustive rule book for moral and ethical behavior, but rather God’s revelation of Himself, His purpose, His principles, and His plan from the first words of Genesis to the last words of Revelation. Through the Bible, you and I can learn who God is and what godliness looks like through the revelation of His attributes.

Why did God do this? Because of His love for us. 

Attributes are permanent qualities. They constitute what God is. God’s attributes describe his very nature. They are essential and inherent dimensions of who God is and are inseparable from the essence of God. God is immanent and transcendent. Immanence means that God is present and active within his creation and within the human race, even those who do not believe in or obey him. God always was, always is, and always will be. Transcendence indicates that God is not restricted to miracles or any other limitations we try to set on Him, but uses even ordinary unbelievers to accomplish his work. He uses technology, human skill, and learning to actively work within his creation. Other examples of God’s attributes are holiness, love, truth, mercy and faithfulness.

Scripture is the Word of God because it says it is. Since truth is an attribute of God then truth is also an attribute of Scripture. 

2 Timothy 3:16 (a) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”

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God the Father  works through the Holy Spirit to convict the reader or hearer of the Gospel of its truth. The Holy Spirit is the one who shows us the reality of our sin. The Holy Spirit shows us that we must repent and come to a right standing with God. God, through His revelation to us through Jesus Christ, the son, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and the Scripture, works to give us the understanding we need. This is how we accept the Gospel, come to faith, and are reconciled  with God, our creator.

2 Peter 1:21 (ESV) For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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Perhaps you have read the Bible and found it confusing. I urge you to keep reading. Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you through His Word.

Here is a Basic Bible Reading Plan to get you started.

Blessings.

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