God laid a blog post on my heart a few weeks back, but life’s been cray cray busy, emotionally draining and. well, just a tad poopy to be honest. So, my blog post has been a bunch of notes and dot points on note paper by my Mac ever since then. Now, tonight, I finally have the time, and emotional capacity, to get it ‘written down’.
Quite often, The Lord gives my blog post during praise & worship time. This can be quite frustrating if he decides to give it to me during P & W at church…. I have to try and remember it all… I really should start taking my journal to church with me for this very reason.
The title of tonight’s blog may have given it away, but it was Psalm 1 that was given to me that particular evening.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 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. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
I always find it interesting that the Lord gives me different things for my blogs… sometimes pictures, sometimes songs, sometimes a direct message. I was given this Psalm, and then I ‘happened’ to search up a ‘Chat with Priscilla Shirer’ to watch one evening in the week following having been given the Psalm, and low and behold, her guests were Mark & Melanie Hall. Mark Hall is the lead singer of Casting Crowns. I have a few of theirs albums, but must say I didn’t know much about them. Their story is amazing. The band is completely made up of Pastors. I’d strongly encourage you to google them and read their testimony. Powerful stuff !
Anyway, I had strangely (nothing like this is ‘strange’, it’s just God ‘doing his thing’ when we don’t realise He’s doing it) purchased the ‘Thrive’ album the previous week and had listened to it enough times to be quite interested in what Mark had to say about it. Surprise, surprise… it’s based on Psalm 1. I guess if I’d put some deep thought into it, I would have realised that after listening to the ‘Thrive’ track, but I mostly listen to it while working out, so I’m not always putting 100% attention into lyric meaning. You know, not dropping the weight bar on my face is more significant. LOL.
The lyrics of ‘Thrive’ go like this :
Fill our hearts and flood our souls With one desire
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive… We were made to thrive
Fill our hearts and flood our souls With one desire.
The Believers Bible Commentary tells us this about Psalm 1:3-5 – The man who is separated from sin and separated to the scriptures has all the qualities of a strongly, healthy, fruitful tree. Planted by the rivers of water – he has a never-failing supply of nourishment and refreshment. It brings forth it’s fruit in it’s season – he displays the graces of The Spirit, and his words and actions are always timely and appropriate. It’s leaf also shall not wither – his spiritual life is not subject to cyclical changes but it characterised by continuous inner renewal. As D L Moody puts it, :”All The Lord’s trees are evergreen.” ( I LOVE that, don’t you.)
This kind of man shall prosper in everything he undertakes. The reason, of course, is that he is living in fellowship with The Lord, and all his service is therefore guided by the Holy Spirit. The only way to be efficient and successful in the Christian life is to be led by the Spirit of God. Self-directed activity is an enormous waste of time, money and effort.
The ungodly are not so, that is, they are neither well planted, fruitful, enduring, nor prosperous. Like chaff, they lack body or substance. When the storms of life blow, they prove unstable. a strong wind drives them away. The ungodly shall not stand in the judgement. They will, of course, appear before God at the judgement of the Great White Throne (Rev 20:11). But the meaning here is that they will have no adequate defence. In idiomatic language, they won’t have a leg to stand on. Furthermore, they will never stand in the congregation of the righteous; they will be forever excluded from company of those who are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(If I haven’t told you before… I LOVE my ‘Believers Bible Commentary’. I bought it about 4yrs ago now and find it an extremely handy resource. It is written by William MacDonald and is based on the New King James version. ©1995, 1992, 1990, 1989) And as a bonus for me, it’s LARGE PRINT…. which also makes it a good addition to my weights workout.. LOL.
The cover of the ‘Thrive’ album is so great and tells such a great message, as well as visually depicting Psalm 1. Digging our roots DEEP in the scriptures, while still reaching OUT into the world. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you all that having deep roots in the Scriptures make marriage, work, church, friendships…well, basically anything, work BETTER !!!
Getting back to what the commentary says of Psalm 1… I love knowing that I have a NEVER FAILING supply of nourishment and refreshment. Man, I’ve needed that this year with the ups and downs of the last few months. Even this past week, Master 11 had major eye surgery. I actually didn’t even realise quite how major it was until he’d been in theatre 3hrs with no sign of getting that magical phone call saying ‘Your child is in recovery.. you can come in and see him now.” Thank The Lord, that phone call ended up being the surgeon coming to us after 3hr 10mins in theatre, saying that it had all gone beautifully and our son would soon be in recovery. It would be another nail biting half an hour before I got the call saying I could come in to recovery to see him. Apparently he’d been under quite a deep anesthetic due to the length of the surgery and was taking a bit to come out of it. He gave us some entertaining moments over the next few hours until he was fully awake and with it. The knowledge that our loving heavenly Father was in that operating room, guiding the hands of the surgeons, greatly comforted me in those stressful last 2hrs in theatre.
I also want to be characterised as having continuous inner renewal. I certainly know that I thrive for this, by both digging into the Word, and reaching out to others with the gifts and talents the Lord has blessed me with.
Speaking of reaching out to others, I have to take this opportunity to share with you the most beautiful thing that happened in hospital this week, the morning following the surgery. I stayed in overnight with Master 11 of course, and when we were sitting having breakfast (well, he was having breakfast, I was stealing off his plate.), he nonchalantly says to me “I’m thinking after breakfast, I’m going to go and pray with each child.” Seriously, my heart nearly burst. Due to nurses coming, going through discharge proceedures etc, he only got to pray with one little girl, but oh well, that’s one girl who’s life he touched that morning. My son is an EVERGREEN….. love it !!!!
I also love what Psalm 1 says about ‘when the storms of life blow’.. and that this played out in our life this week. The storm was hectic… there were other things going in our lives too this week….. not so great things.. that are way too complicated to go into (future blog post), but while I was tossed around a bit, emotionally, physically…. because my roots are planted DEEP in the word, and planted by the rivers of water, I was able to power on through it, knowing who I am, and whos I am !!!
I also love these particular lyrics in ‘Thrive’ We know we were made for so much more Than ordinary lives.. It’s time for us to more than just survive… We were made to thrive.
I know that I don’t want to settle for an ordinary life… I don’t want to ‘just survive’ …I want, and plan to THRIVE !!!
Blessings Peeps xox