Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5, January 5 - Psalm 1 & 2

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From The Voice:
Psalm 1:
God's blessings follow you and await you at every turn; when you don't follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes, When you avoid sin's highway, when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse. (1)

You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun. No matter what you do, you prosper.  (3)

I love the imagery in verse 3. We are a tree planted by a stream that never dries up. When you think about Jesus and the Samaritan Woman and Jesus talking about being living water and this passage it's a great reminder of what Jesus does for us.

Psalm 2:
There is only one God, the Eternal; worship Him with respect and awe; take delight in Him and tremble. Bow down before God's son. If you don't, you will face His anger and retribution, and you won't stand a chance. For it doesn't take long to kindle royal wrath, but blessings await all who trust in Him. They will find God a gentle refuge. (11, 12)

The picture of God as angry and royal wrath, yet blessings await all who trust in Him as well as a gentle refuge.  The contrast between an angry God and gentle refuge.


  1. "7 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him."

    I could study this passage for hours and still not fully understand it. Is David "the Son" or is the Lord speaking of Jesus?

  2. Psalm 1
    1 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;
    2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    3 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.

    I love this well-watered garden and remembering where to seek counsel.

    Psalm 2
    8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.

    Isaiah 52
    10 The Lord will show His holy power to all the nations.
    All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.

    Isaiah 41
    1 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.