They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” vs. 1Psalm 1
The very first psalm clearly states the conviction of Jewish religious leaders that there are two ways to live in this world. We can either walk in the way of the Lord or follow the path of sinners. It’s a distinction that is sometimes lost among people of grace, especially those who believe that all are sinners. But the psalmist is actually making a point that even people of grace can embrace. Some folks are just blowing in the wind, following the ways of the world, while others have their roots firmly planted by the waters of life. We all know such people. They live by grace, acknowledging their sin, and are, at the same time, firmly committed to filling the world with the fruits of righteousness. They love the Lord and all that exists, including their needy neighbors, and do not weary of using their days for acts of kindness and compassion. Year after year they are a source of strength and joy for their communities–their witness does not waver. They have a variety of religious beliefs but are united in their desire to make this world a better place, and when disaster strikes, they rise up as one to bring healing and restoration–and as the psalmist says, they are blessed!
Thought for the Day: When do people impress me with their goodness?