I have read this chapter twice and have been pouring over Psalm 1. This chapter really spoke to me and where I am in life right now. Psalm 1 distinguishes two types of people. Those that follow God and are blessed by God, and the wicked. Lisa uses Psalm 1 to discuss how bad company can corrupt good morals. Here are the three things that really sank in for me as I studied this chapter and scriptures.
- Hanging out with the right people will lead to blessings. Ok, this one should be pretty obvious but is a good reminder. If you spend the majority of your time around people who are doing bad things, it is highly likely that you will pick up on some of their behaviors. Think Fast and the Furious. If you make friends with people stealing cars, you might just let said people go free… when your a cop. Seeking council from the wise does not mean we are never around people who are not Christians. However, it does mean that we don’t take the advice of non Christians and we limit their influence on our lives.
- Studying God’s word leads to blessings. Psalm 1:2 says “his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.” This reminds me of other Psalms were David speaks of his love of the law. How are we to truly know God and know God’s will if we do not study his law? This is more then the weekly fill we get at church on Sundays. To meditate is to spend time considering what it means and how to apply it to our own lives and in each situation we face.
- Success comes from God. This one is huge for me. I am in a bit of a transitional period in my life. I was very successful in my corporate career. However, being a stay at home mom is way harder then my corporate job was. In different ways, of course. Often times I feel like a complete failure because my house is a wreck, my toddler doesn’t want to potty train and throws huge fits that I have no idea how to control, and some days I realize I completely forgot to cook supper and am in a scramble to find something for us to eat. There is not an instruction manual for this kind of work. I don’t have the measures of success I did in the corporate world; goals met, raises, and promotions. Instead, many of my days are finished with an exhausted sigh of survival and I keep ending up so frustrated. This Psalm reminds me that success comes from God, and the pursuit of God. It has nothing to do with keeping the house clean or getting everything done. We are called to pursue God and his calling in our life, be it a corporate career or a stay at home mom. We are to focus on him and allow Him to sustain us when we are following his will. Those that pursue God are nourished by him and bear fruit. God brings us his kind of success when our hearts are right with him. I don’t know what direction my life will take next. However, I am reminded to let God lead the direction. If I follow that direction I cannot fail because he will bless my paths and bring me joy.
The overall takeaway I have from this chapter is that those who submit to the will of God will be blessed.
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