Daily Devotion Friday, July 12

Friday, July 12, 2013 – Psalm 1; 1 Samuel 17:17-30; Acts 10:34-48 and Mark 1:1-13

Psalm 1 – Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
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.

As I begin this journey through the book of Psalms what strikes me today is how the book of Psalms opens.

In the New Revised Standard; “Happy are those who …” The New International Version says; “Blessed are those who ….” I do prefer blessed to happy. Blessed tends to have deeper theological significance than happy.

The other thought that comes to mind is that at some point of the history of the book of Psalms, these words were chosen to open this hymnbook of the Hebrew people. As the songs, hymns of the people of God were collected, this one was chosen to be first. In my time as a pastor, the Presbyterian Church has introduced, I think, four hymnbooks. In one the hymns were put in alphabetical order. No agreement must have been able to be reached as to which one would be first. In others the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” is first.

What I’ll be focusing upon as I go out fishing on Lake Taneycomo with a member of my church and Mackenzie is this; “Blessed are those who(se) …. delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water.” Even in a drought, trees that find themselves by streams prosper and grow and produce fruit.” May we be like those trees and trust in God’s word and God’s love.

O Lord, thank you for your word which nurtures me day by day. Today, may I sense how you have planted me by your stream of living water. May I drink deeply of your word and your love given me this day. Amen.

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