May 8, 2018
Psalm 1:1-3…“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. 3
So who are these folks who prosper in all that they do? According to this psalmist, they are those who love the law of the Lord and who meditate on it both day and night. Jesus said nearly the same thing at the close of the sermon on the mount when he said that anyone who heard his words and acted on them would be blessed. Their house would stand because it had been constructed on a rock foundation. There is great wisdom in such teachings! When we put down our roots into the rich, fertile soil of the gospel of grace, our lives will be full of joy and even happiness. Watered by forgiveness and hope, tended by the Holy Spirit, we’ll bring forth fruit that will enrich and prosper our community. On the other hand, those who have planted themselves in the shallow, self-serving, amoral trends of popular culture are bound to be disappointed and miserable. Oh they can survive for a time by putting on happy faces and immersing themselves in the superficial, and maybe even fool themselves, but in their hearts there is deep sadness and despondency. In the words of Jesus, they’ve gained the whole world and lost their lives. And as he might have put it, “What’s the point?”
Thought for the Day: When am I in my “happy place”?