Thank you Alex Lindsay for penning this devotional.
Psalms 1&2 devotional
The whole book of Psalms can be described as a book of hymns or songs and/or poetry.
I like to think of it to be describing the goodness & greatness of God, his ways and the Hope that we have in his anointed king. Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world.
There’s a few verses I’d like to focus in on and magnify today.
We start off in Psalm 1:1 “blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,”
Who are we spending a decent chunk of our life with? Are we surrounding ourselves with Godly people? Who draw us closer to God? people who love God and want to become more and more like his son, Jesus Christ?
Or who want to seek their own ways, passions & desires. Are we spending time with those who allow their lives be saturated with Gods word, his goodness, his Grace, love & Mercy.
Those who’d rather be saturated with the word of God rather than the world & its desires.
It’s not for us to cut out those who don’t, but rather be aware of how much time we spend with them, and that we are careful not to follow in their ways, or you may “entangle yourself in a snare” (proverbs 22:25)
Verse 3, is a description of he who peruses Gods goodness and meditates day & night on his word.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,and its leaf does not wither in all that he does, he prospers.”
Throughout the year, we have 4 different seasons, winter, spring, summer & Autumn..leaves come out, fruit grows, feeds those around it, gives shelter to the animals and all that seek it. The colours in Autumn are fantastic!... but as Autumn begins to fade and winter creeps, leaves wither & fall, trees fail to bear fruit, plants-wither and even some cease to exist. But those that delight themselves God are “..like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season” and its “leaf does not wither”
If we delight ourselves in Gods goodness, recognise the perfection of his law, but not justified by it, but by us accepting his amazing Grace as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8) & know his mercy that renews, we will find ourselves (no matter what season we find ourselves in) bearing fruit & giving shelter to those that need it, and we also reflect Gods love to those that don’t deserve it. “In all that he does, he prospers.” (1:3)
John writes in John 7:38, (Jesus speaking)
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."
No matter what season we find ourselves in, if we are rooted in christ - planted by the streams of living water, we will grow in spirit & truth.
While Psalm 1 calls us meditate on God’s word and if we do, we will prosper in his goodness.. Psalm 2 talks about the world rebelling against it.
In the garden, we were created in the image of God, and were given dominion to rule over the earth in image of God. To be examples of him.
But In our selfishness, arrogance and rebellion, we rejected God.
The psalmist says the world’s kings and leaders have foolishly waged war against God and his chosen Nation Israel with an assurance of victory over their counterparts. (2:1-3)
God simply laughs (2:4) at the schemes of man, God in full awareness of his own Divine kingship and sovereignty, responds by declaring his formation and pre intended conclusion that the ‘seed of David’ (-psalm 132:11) the shoot out of dry ground (Isaiah 53:2) The Holy one of God (-Mark 1:24) the bread of life (-John 6:35) the light of the world (-John 9:5) the son of God (-John 20:31) is set on Gods chosen hill and will/is, forever reign/reigning, from it and nothing will come against him.
So, to summarise psalm 1 & 2,
No matter what season we find ourselves in, if we are rooted in christ, planted by the streams of living water, we will grow in Spirit & truth. knowing that no matter who or what comes against us, Christ reigns above all & his Sovereign Amazing Grace, never fails.