“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, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 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.” Psalms 1:1-3
The people of Israel would teach these truths as songs, passing them down to their children. I remember watching tv as a child and they would teach the preamble to our constitution with song. Songs are easy to learn. When I had to memorize it in fifth grade, I had it down pat. I also memorized scriptures by singing them. These are things to do if you wish to prosper. To help you stand strong. What kind of friends do you keep?
“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” Psalms 1:6
So many times I have heard people complain that God is not good. Well their ways lead to destruction, not to good, God warns us but they did not listen.
“Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” Psalms 2:11
God’s ways are just. His plans are right. We should listen to what he has to say. He has never lied. He has always told the truth and what to do for blessings or for curses. It’s so simple but human pride can put blinders over our eyes. The farther away from God, the thicker those blinders get.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, I call out to the Lord and he answers me from his holy mountain.” Psalms 3:3-4
The Lord takes good care of us. He will always be there for us. He is only a word away. Bring everything to him. He cares.
“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessings be on your people.” Psalms 3:8
He makes everything right. He is the only one who can and who will.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalms 4:8
I love to talk with God after a long day. I bring everything to him and then I fall asleep so peacefully. When I first had my stroke sleep seldom came. I tossed and turned many nights but now I love to snuggle into bed knowing he is watching over me.
“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalms 5:12
FOG or the favor of God is awesome. People like me, people do nice things for me. Every good thing comes from God and he causes others to do good things for his children.
“Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver from all those who peruse me.” Psalms 7:1
As I sat reading this, so many concerns flood my mind. I spend my day on my iPad to keep me busy. But so much of what we do takes money. Well as a person with no income and a lot of free time I am concerned about being careful and responsible. My bills do have to get paid. But I can’t spend my life worrying and fretting. God has promised to give me strength in all things. I have to believe he will give me wisdom and will provide for me.
“My shield is God most high, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.” Psalms 7:10
God is good and always right. He is a very righteous God, but a very Holy God who does not tolerate sin. That has to be frustrating with the wickedness in this world. But he is also loving and he sees beyond the evil.
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the Lord most high.” Psalms 7:17
Oh God you are righteous, when everything around seems wrong and out of control, you remain faithful and true. I will not fear for you are with me.
“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. …When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” Psalms 8:1,3-6
Oh I just think of all he has made in this world and it is so good. All just for us. And it works so smoothly and perfectly. He gave it all to us. Not because he needed it or wanted it. And who are we out of the billions he has created. Why? Love is the only reason that makes any sense. Why mess with imperfect humans when God is perfect. He has legions of angels who serve him all the time and aren’t messy like us. Just because we have free will. To love him in return of our own free will. Not because we have to but because we want to.
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; and tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” Psalms 8:1-2
After the last verses I just can’t help but worship you for all you are! Oh God you are good.
“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgement. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the people with equity. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalms 9:7-10
You reign! Evan in hard times when everything seems chaotic and confusing. When evil seems to prevail and we are fearful. God you are still in control. You will make things right. And in the end you have prepared a perfect place for those who love you.