June 6, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 1

Welcome to Psalms for the Summer! For the next several months, we’ll be walking through this exciting book and harvesting new things to encourage us in our walk with God. I hope you’ll join us for the whole journey!

Today is one of my favorite Psalms. A few summers ago on vacation, my family memorized it together. I would encourage you to consider memorizing it too.

Psalm 1 is all about the value of God’s Word in our lives.  It’s amazing how often we know that but don’t practice it.  When we spend daily time with God, we grow exponentially in our faith, but the opposite is also true.

Reading God’s Word effects our friend choices (v.1)

Time in God’s Word effects what voices we listen to, what advice we follow, who we hang out with.

Reading God’s Word changes our thinking (v.2)

As we read the Bible, we begin to find our delight in it. We find it on our minds day and night. We all know that what we think about, affects what we do.

Reading God’s Word brings blessings and stability (v.3)

Time in the Word of God makes us strong, like a tree by a riverbank with a constant source of water.  It allows us to produce fruit that everyone can see, and we prosper in all we do.

Reading God’s Word bolsters God’s watchful eye in our lives (v.6)

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly…

  • How much do you value God’s Word in your life?
  • How do your actions support that?
  • How can you value it more?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “June 6, 2016”

  1. Verse 1 strikes me as especially true. I don’t know why, but the new business model seems to be “sell yourself as an expert!” which means there’s a lot of terrible advice out there masquerading as wisdom. I’ve gone down a few rabbit holes myself, so I’m always grateful for the counsel of those who are rooted in the Bible.

  2. I would have to say I don’t value God’s Word as much as I would like to, but not in a self-deprecating, “I’m a horrible Christian” kind of way, but instead in a “I want to value it more and more as time goes by” way that husbands and wives love and value each other the longer their together.

    I like how verse three says that we will bear fruit like a tree “in its season.” It’s a reminder that growing takes time, a lifetime, and that we will grow in what God wants to grow in when He wants to grow us in that area. Learning to be patient takes time. Learning to be content takes time. Learning to find joy in tough times takes time. Learning to be wise takes time. When we pray for these things, God doesn’t wiggle his nose like Samantha from Bewitched and poof! we’re patient, content, joyful, and wise. Instead, He gives us opportunities to practice and develop these things.

  3. I am so thankful for jumpstart, it has been such a blessing to me. My prayer is that I will delight in His word day and night. Thanks CPC.

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