THE BLESSED PERSON
Suggested Reading: Psalms 1-3
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Key Verses: Psalm 1:2, 2:7, 3:3
His delight…in His law he meditates day and night.
The Lord has said to me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
First Psalm – the choice is ours to make! Either we will be like the well-watered fruit tree or chaff, which the wind drives away. All who are faithful daily in meditating on God’s Word will be blessed people. Is that a sufficient reason for this blog?
Second Psalm – the Son of God is revealed. As the ancient Christian creed declares of Jesus, He is “Very God of Very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.” There are those who teach that Jesus is a created being, an angel. False! They’ve probably knocked on your door at some time (Luke 1:34-38). Also, Hebrews chapter one (click here) expands on the prophetic words of Psalm 2.
Third Psalm – the shepherd boy who became king wrote these words and music for stringed instruments to accompany the singing of his words. David’s poems, for the most part, are most encouraging and have an optimistic outlook on life. His experience was that the Lord lifted up his head! Let us now look up, and away from the pessimists who say, “There is no help for him in God.” Amen!!! and Amen!!!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray with the shepherd king, “Arise, O Lord; save me O my God!” (Psalm 3). I pray that I will “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2). I also pray that I will be like the tree beside the free-flowing waters, blossoming with Your beauty and then bearing good fruit! (Psalm 1). Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Below is a picture of my wife and life-long companion of almost 55 years, Norma-Jean. She is standing on the balcony of our apartment. The beautiful flowering plants were a gift from our second daughter, Ellen Shaheen. I bought two trellises on which they climb. One of my jobs is to water the plants. Just to the right of this photo, out of sight, are two tomato plants which are producing delicious fruit (or are they vegetables?). I enjoy fresh tomatoes on homemade fresh bread. One of the ways my wife and I have been able to get along well is to have a clear designation of our responsibilities. She’s in charge of the inside and my job is to take care of the outside. When we lived for 18 years on the farm on which she was born, I had a great deal to look after, but now I’m in charge of just a few square feet of balcony space. She’s boss over everything else. I make a joke of this and have a good laugh. I also enjoy my space very much!
Yesterday, Norma-Jean wrote out, in her beautiful handwriting, a statement which fits in with most of the Psalms. Here it is: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of opportunities. An optimist makes opportunities of difficulties.”
Yours for an optimistic outlook, almost always expecting something good to happen!