Psalm 1 :: Blessed is he who stands …


Who is the one that is blessed? Psalm 1 states Blessed is the one who stands not in the way of sinners. Who is the one who stands not in the way of sinners? It is he/she that stands in the way of the sanctified; the saints. In other words, “Blessed is the one who stands in the way of the saints.”  The way of the saints is the antithesis to the ways of the world, for the faithful who are saved by faith, live a life that does not conform to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2). They chose the way that only a few find; the narrow way that leads to life over the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

Points to ponder:
What is the stand that you have taken? It is a stand to stand not in the way of sinners, but to stand in the way of the saints! Do you stand in the way of the saints? Are you blessed in the stand you take  …? Blessed is he/she who stands in the way of the saints.

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) 
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalm 1 :: Blessed is he who walks …


Who is the one that is blessed? Psalm 1 states Blessed is the one who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. Who is the one who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly? It is he/she that walks in Godly counsel. In other words, “Blessed is the one who walks in Godly counsel.” Note, it is Godly counsel (counsel from God through his word and his people) and not necessarily the counsel of the godly that we must be seeking, because man can be wrong, but God can never be wrong. We see this in the life of Ahithophel, Bathsheba’s grandfather, who had the reputation of giving counsel that was godly to King David and his son Absalom (2 Samuel 16:23), but due to bitterness in his heart and an unforgiving spirit, he gave ungodly counsel to Absalom (2 Samuel 16:21), eventually having to end his own life (commit suicide by  hanging) when one of his counsel against God’s anointed did not come to fruition (2 Samuel 17:23).

Points to ponder:
Have you sought the counsel of God, first? Are you blessed in your walk …? Blessed is he/she who walks in GODLY counsel.

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) 
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

1 Kings 22:5 (KJV)
5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.

Psalm 121 :: Preserving God


Upon close introspection of the familiar Psalm 121, we can learn about some very distinct characteristics of God. Today, we will look at verses 7 and 8 which states, “The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” (NKJV)

God is portrayed here in these verses as our PRESERVER. In a world that is perishing for its unbelief in God (John 16:9), God who is the only Absolute of absolutes and Constant can preserve us.

Points to ponder:
Salt is used a good preservative because it has antibacterial properties that inhibits the growth of bacteria in food. When salt is infused with food, it is preservable. In like manner, when Jesus is infused in us, as the SALT in our lives, we are preservable as well, preserved from all evil (sin), any place (coming in and going out; spread), and not just in this world, but in the world to come (soul).

Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV)
7
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 121 :: Protecting God


Upon close introspection of the familiar Psalm 121, we can learn about some very distinct characteristics of God. Today, we will look at verses 5 and 6 which states, “The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.” (NKJV)

God is portrayed here in these verses as our PROTECTOR. In the midst of the heat that the world throws at us, God will be our shade, not allowing anything to strike us, day or night.

Points to ponder:
Question: Since God is our protector, whom shall we fear?
Answer: Nothing or Nobody, anytime (day or night).

Psalm 121:5-6 (NKJV)
5 The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

Psalm 121 :: Patrolling God


Upon close introspection of the familiar Psalm 121, we can learn about some very distinct characteristics of God. Today, we will look at verse 4 which states, “Behold, He who keeps Israel, shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (NKJV)

God is portrayed here in these verses as our PATROLLING watchman who keeps vigil. A watchman does not slumber nor sleep, but keeps watch to protect against any threat. In like manner, God who keeps the Church (signified by Israel), is constantly in vigil, standing on guard for us, as a patrol man, diffusing and annulling any threat that come against us.

Points to ponder:
God is watching over you and me, keeping vigil, ALL the time. He neither slumbers nor sleeps, meaning that for not even a moment does God take his eyes off of you and me. Think about that!

Psalm 121:4 (NKJV)
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalm 121 :: Pillar God


Upon close introspection of the familiar Psalm 121, we can learn about some very distinct characteristics of God. Today, we will look at verse 3 which states, “He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.” (NKJV)

God is portrayed here in these verses as our PILLAR, a support on whom we can rely and stand firm in a sure footed way. He has you and me in his focus all the time (no slumber) and is reliable.

Points to ponder:
In a world that is changing, God is the only constant – the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is the only one reliable that can be relied upon, like a lifesaver float that keeps us up, while the cares and worries of this world attempt to drown us. He is our support; our unshakeable pillar and we can, without any anxiety, lean on Him.
Cast your burdens on the Lord, for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Lean on Him as he will not allow anyone or anything to topple you down.

Psalm 121:3 (NKJV)
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

Psalm 121 :: Partner God


Upon close introspection of the familiar Psalm 121, we can learn about some very distinct characteristics of God. Today, we will look at verses 1 and 2 which states, “I will lift my eyes up to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (NKJV)

God is portrayed here in these verses as not just the creator (producer) in verse 1, but also as our helper (PARTNER) in verse 2. A partner is one who is associated with another in some action or endeavor. A partner helps the other partner in times of need.

Points to ponder:
To be a partner with someone, implies that you and the other person are associated with each other and made whole together. Only with God as your partner, can you and I be made whole, and as our partner, He will be our helper so that we shall not want any good thing.
Have you been associated with God, by being grafted into The Vine, Jesus Christ, to be God’s partner?

Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
         From whence comes my help?
 2 My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.