Boast In The Lord January 14th, 2023

Psalms 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law does he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

My boast is in the Lord’s trustworthy faithfulness to His revealed Word - the lamp unto my feet.
One of the advantages of growing old(er) is the opportunity to look back on the path that the Lord has directed for my life. In junior high my youth leader (among several other leaders) led me in memorizing many of the Psalms as well as other passages. Psalms 1 comes to my mind frequently as I meditate upon the Word and consider the circumstances and events in my life. 
Oversimplifying the principles, the first verse taught me to avoid the progressive steps toward consequences of evil and the second verse instilled in me a desire to know the Lord through his Word and trust in his faithfulness to provide the blessings of verse 3.
Certainly, the salvation that I have received as a believer in Jesus my savior and Lord is the most important blessing that anyone can have. It means that I have “the right to become children of God” – and an object of His blessing. 
Knowing the faithfulness of the Lord by trusting His plans for me and the promises and principles of His Word has been foundational to the experience of His blessings over a lifetime. I have experienced that trusting Him for the path of my life, rather than trying to achieve an objective of my own, results in the blessings of peace and joy, as well as opportunities to serve His kingdom purposes. I can look back upon every significant event or circumstance in my life – many very good and some very painful – and see how the Lord both blessed and turned what may have been “meant for evil” into good.
We may understand that providing “Bible bullets” to others may not be the best way to minister to their needs. However, I have found that the more that I can pull scriptures from my memory and, in faith and trust, apply them to my personal situations, the more opportunity for the Lord to intervene and to bless. 
Knowing that “if God be for us, who can be against us” and trusting in His promises and principles helps me believe that nothing in life can take away the blessings of His love, joy, hope, and peace that He has planted in me. In the bad times, having that trust has kept me in “perfect peace”, because my “mind is stayed on” Him.

Lord, thank you that, no matter what stage of life that I am in, I have the opportunity to trust your word and “seek you first”.  Help me to plant your Word in both my heart and mind. Help me to “trust in [you] with all my heart and lean not unto my own understanding.”  Teach me to rely on your wisdom and Holy Spirit so that you may accomplish you purposes in me. Help me not to pursue my own rewards and glory, but to trust you for the path that will provide all the blessings that I need. May all be to the Glory and Honor of Jesus. Amen.

Bruce Hess

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