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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Psalm One: Sheer Delight

Psalm 1, meditating on God's Word, delight in God
This week Bible Love Notes begins a new format. I will post insights at the bottom of the original study. Find insights for Shine Like Stars in the Darkness at the bottom of this page HERE.

Psalm One tells us the key to righteousness is a delight in God's Word.* 

Of course, delight in God's Word starts with a delight in God Himself--a deep desire to know Him with our whole being (Philippians 3:7-14).

Those who have this delight see Bible reading as an adventure, not a duty. They have Scripture verses on their mind day and night (v.2). They recite them throughout the day (Colossians 3:16).

When they're troubled, confused, offended, grieved, lonely, discouraged, or fearful God's Word is their peace, comfort, and guide.

They're like trees continually nourished by living water (v.3), fulfilling God's purposes with perfect timing.

Sounds delightful, doesn't it?

The best part is this: If we don't have delight in God's Word, all we have to do is ask. God is eager to give it (Matthew 7:7-11). 

Please take a moment and read Psalm 1 today.
*Psalm 1 speaks of delighting in God's Law. This is one of several words used in the Old Testament to describe God's Word.

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Bible Study

1. The above devotion addresses some but not all truths in Psalm 1. Search for other truths that speak to your heart.

Psalm 1: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

2. What are the characteristics of Paul's devotion expressed below. Do you have that same zeal for knowing Christ? Would you like to? If so, begin praying for it today.

Philippians 3:7-14: But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 

copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com 
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

Insights

I encourage you to work through the study before reading these insights.

1. Psalm 1: For a deeper look at verse one and the three steps it describes, read the 1-Minute Bible Love Note Walk Away

A word about the promise "whatever they do prospers." 

Remember that everything Joseph did prospered because God was with him, but that didn't mean he was always rich or comfortable. God doesn't promise His children an easy road, but He does promise to prosper His purposes in our lives. 


2. Philippians 3:7-14: This passage is always convicting to me...in a good way. Paul's desire to know Christ couldn't be stronger and He knows it means "participation" in Christ's sufferings. 

Paul listed some of his suffering in 2 Corinthians 11:21-33 ... an impressive list. 

 To read two 1-Minute Bible Love Note about another man who exemplified this passage, read:
Go Forth
Blurry Vision

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