We live in a world marked by much pain and suffering, yet God’s desire is that we prosper in the midst of the situations we face. By prosper, I am speaking of flourishing, growing and walking in victory—the Bible calls it being blessed.
My life-theme is centered in Psalm One. This Psalm succinctly lays out the way God said things would go in life. I love this because God is faithful to all, He is never-changing, and what He says is true. With His help, and the Holy Spirit’s power indwelling the believer, we have all the potential to be “Wonder-Women” of God! That brings me great comfort and joy.
Let’s look at those who are blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable/Amplified) and why this is. Those who obey the instruction of our Father truly become a “wonder” to those around them. Why? Because onlookers observe their life and are amazed, or wonder… “How they can continue on? … happy, believing, fortunate, prospering.” This is truly a wonder that only God can perform in us!
Let’s look at this incredible Psalm and rejoice, knowing we have the possibility to live the blessed life because of God’s great love and provision for us.
1 Blessed is the woman…
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, (following their advice, plans and purposes)
Nor stands in the path of sinners, (submissive or inactive)
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (to relax and rest)
2 But her delight is in the law of the Lord, (instructions)
And in His law she meditates day and night. (ponders and studies)
3 She shall be like a tree, Planted (and tended) by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season, (evidence of spiritual life)
Whose leaf also shall not wither; (die off)
And whatever she does shall prosper. (comes to maturity)
4 The ungodly (those disobedient and living without God) are not so, But are like the chaff (worthless, dead, without substance) which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand (justified) in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God).
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).
Notes in parenthesis are taken from the Amplified Bible.
Photo credit: Pixabay