Friday, April 03, 2015

The Secret of Success -- Psalm 1

Prosperity, success, victory … the longings of every person on the planet. What does prosperity look like for a Christian, and how do we achieve it? What is the secret of success?

Psalm 1:1-3 guides us, “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 Psalmist first issues a warning: avoid the wicked. Don’t walk with them, don’t stand with them, and don’t sit down with them. Be careful who you listen to, be careful who you spend time with, and be careful who you make your closest friends.

Then the Psalmist exhorts us to delight in God’s Word and think deeply about his commands. We need to read the Bible, take the truths of the Scripture to heart, and let the Word shape every part of our lives.

This truth resounds again in II Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

If we apply God’s Word to our lives and our hearts, we will prosper. We will experience joy, peace, and hope. We will know God, understand his ways, and trust him in all circumstances. We will see God’s heart of love for his people, we will understand the amazing sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ, and we will know the power of the Holy Spirit to daily guide and empower us. We will be equipped for trials and temptation, and we will be prepared for however God calls us to serve him and make a difference in the world around us.

Do you want a fruitful life? Delight yourself in God’s law. Do you want a fulfilled life? Fill your mind and heart with God’s Word. Do you want deep satisfaction? Be shaped by the living and active words of the Bible.


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