This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff
ENCOUNTER: Read Psalm 1
"1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Doesn’t that sound like the life that you would like to live? Refreshed. Yielding fruit. Leaves not withering. Prospering. My soul longs for that. I can feel my heart crying out, “How do we get there, for goodness sake?!”
Well, what is the promise of this scripture? That this blessing comes to the ones who delight so much in God and his way that they would dig deep into his revealed Word, the bible for the treasure of finding him and his leading there. To those people he gives the blessing of prospering in all the right ways.
Do you have a plan and a rhythm to dig deep into God’s word on a daily basis? It is fair to say, based on Psalm 1, that this may be the key to the spiritual health and blessing for which we are longing in the depths of our souls.
What obstacles keep you from being in the Bible? There are lots of legitimate and understandable reasons that people don’t spend time meditating on God’s word. I’ve heard dozens of them and have experienced most of them myself. For some it’s a lack of time. For some the bible seems too hard to understand. Let me encourage you to name your particular struggle, and then work on solutions. I simply think the price is too high not to, and the blessings are too rich to miss out on!
By the way, if you find that you need some tools to help you. I will recommend to you the Study Bible that I gave away on Sunday during my sermon. Go to Amazon and link here to purchase one. Also, by the way, if you have read all the way to this point in this post and are one of the first five people to email me at Jeff@marincovenant.org, I will give you a study bible for free.
“Our hands are outstretched, God, as a symbol of the longing that is in our hearts: That you would speak to us as we look into your Word. Pour out from heaven all the truth that I need, the correction that I need, the encouragement that I need. Don’t let me leave here the same as I came… Don’t let me miss whatever you have for me in your Word. Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”