Blessed is the man… [whose] 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.
What a glorious word image. Picture the tree–in a sheltered place near a stream, this tree thrives. It might not be a particularly beautiful tree. Branches might be broken, it might be gnarled and wizened, the trunk twisted by the storms of life. But its roots are sunk deep into fertile, well-watered ground, and the tree can drink its fill of the life-giving water. It withstands the frosts of winter. Green leaves bud out in the spring and fragrant blossoms adorn the boughs. It is green through the heat of the summer, and the branches, twisted though they may be, bear fruit at harvest. Good fruit. Bountiful fruit.
It is painfully easy to fall into the world’s way of thinking about fruit–the good job, the attractive spouse, the perfect family, the nice car, some of which can be the result of wise decisions, or common sense, or even a solid moral compass. But this isn’t the kind of fruit to which the Bible is referring. Believers worldwide and throughout history have lived lives in abject poverty and suffered terribly because of their faith.
Bless the Lord always, give him honor and glory in all of creation. He defends the weak, provides to those who do not have and strengthens the righteous. There is no one like our God, for He is merciful and will heal us of our infirmities.
But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.
We have absolute joy serving the Lord of Hosts. He has given us hope for a future with no suffering. He has given us His Son to pay for our sins, to suffer on the cross meant for us. Bless the Lord, for He is good. His grace abounds forever.
O how great is our God. We shall not feel defeat with the Lord as our bulwark. He hastens the demise of our enemies, raises the faint of heart to be shepherds and blows the trumpet to foil the evil one. Great is our God, perfect and just in all His judgments, and righteous in all His ways.
God’s pleasure is caring for His sheep. He does this by the Holy Spirit, which He has given to all His children in order that we may live. Through His nurturing spirit, He restores our soul.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
No trial is too great and no tribulation is too strong that it would hold back God’s hand from our lives. His love for us is greater. Things can change in a moment; therefore, brothers and sisters, let God’s love flow through us as a testimony to those who are lost.
God will never abandon us. He will never forsake us. Our joy comes from knowing we have His love to comfort us. He will replenish the light in our eyes and apportion strength to our bones so that we can overcome daily the ruthless attacks delivered by the evil one.
All glory belongs to our God. Praise Him from the mountains. Praise Him from the hills. Praise Him from the countryside. Praise Him from the ocean. Bless Him and praise Him always. His love endures forever.
Jesus commanded us not to be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Today’s trouble is enough for our mind to resolve, for God will provide us with the strength to overcome whatever ails us. Daily we are to look to God for guidance.
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?’”
We should not worry about the coming days. We should meditate on the present moment as if it were our last. Whatever may be stealing our thoughts is seldom important. Whatever we need is seldom in our thoughts.
If we come to rely on God for all things, He will provide for our needs. We ought not to worry, as worrying brings anxiety. What is anxiety? To fear is to be anxious and not trust God. Trust God and he will relieve the anxiety.
Trust in the Lord in all you do, and He will bless you without restraint. His goodness is great, His mercy is sure, and He will give you of His abundance so that you can live according to His will.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
The Lord is good in all of His ways. He discerns the spirit, gives to the humble and calls the lost into the fold. He gives wisdom to His shepherds and His judgments are righteous. All good things come from the Lord.
All glory belongs to the Lord our God. His power is from everlasting to everlasting. Let us give of our hearts to Him and He will richly reward us with joy, peace and grace. No one can come between our God and us; therefore trust the Lord in all things.
Let us be humble in all our dealings, never taking credit for what others have done but giving credit to the one owed. For as long as we do good, our reward in heaven will never fade; whatever we bind here, God will bind in heaven.
“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.”
(1 Peter 3:10-11)
Our trust is in the Lord. He knows what is good and beneficial for us as we move toward becoming like Him. When we do good, we are His to do as He pleases. He is the one who will receive the glory and He is the one who will give us the reward.
Let us not grow weary of doing good. Our joy comes from doing God’s will as Jesus had done when He gave Himself for us. Could we give more than Christ had given? Our will should be God’s will, for that is how we grow to become like Him.
Finally, brethren, do not hold back God’s spirit from performing a good work with your hands. He will surely bless you for allowing Him to use you in every way He could use you. He is not one to show favoritism to gain advantage. Therefore, do good always.
When all hope is lost is when the Lord will provide the most. He will lift us from calamity. He will lead us away from strife. He will cover us with His power so that we do not need to be anxious in the day of persecution. He will protect us.
Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
Our God is a God of salvation,
and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
No evil in the world can overcome the Lord. He is good and faithful to His word. He will not let the guilty go unpunished. His judgments are sure, right and just. No one is like the Lord, for His mercies will never fail. His blessings for our lives are provisions for our souls.
In all things, therefore, let us give thanks to the Lord our God; He is good. He will give of what He has and will raise us back to our feet. No matter how painful a trial we face, He will not allow us to stumble.