2 Ways, 2 Destinies

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Things don't just happen. Sometimes the process is hidden to the natural eye, but there's a progression from what may be hidden at the start to what becomes visible.

A tree begins as a seed, develops roots, then pushes up through the surface of the soil. Life and nourishment push through the inside of the outer skin of the stem, which becomes bark covering both the trunk and branches.

When a tree buds with new leaves, flowers, then produces its fruit or nuts (seeds), we see the end product of the tree's growth. But the growth is a continuing progression. It didn't just happen.

Life is also a progression based on the choices we make along the way. It doesn't just happen, it grows and develops.

Scripture

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. [vs 1]

But they delight in the law of the lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. [vss 2-3]

But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. [vss 4-5]

For the lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. [vs 6]

(Psalm 1:1-6 NLT) [Context– Psalm 1]

Key phrase— They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season

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Digging Deeper...

Review the Scriptures above as you answer the following questions

What are 3 ways a person is blessed with joy by what they don't do?

What are 2 things a person can do that brings blessing in their life and makes them like a fruitful tree?

What are the wicked likened to and what will they face? What will sinners not do?

What encouraging promise is given to those who follow a godly path? What is the destiny of those who go in an opposite direction?

Reflection...

This first of 150 individual, collected psalms expresses a simple truth, but also illustrates the basic elements found throughout the Book of Psalms.

The Psalms are poetic hymns and prayers, some short and some much longer. The words paint pictures to help us see what the psalmist expresses and feels.

These poems rhyme with thoughts rather than similar sounding words. This is called parallelism—parallel or similar expressions of the same idea or thought. The Psalms express strong emotions, deep worship, penitent prayers, cries for help, and with lots of repetition, which makes them memorable.

Although we can study them, they are intended to be more devotional than doctrinal in their purpose. They are expressions of the soul that stir our heart and provoke thought and reverence (worship) of God.

Make it personal...

Read through the Scripture text again as you consider and answer these questions

Do you see the progression in what a godly person does not do? Do you see the increasing involvement away from the truth in the law of God?

What do you spend more time on—listening to what others say or post on social media, or listening to and reading God's Word?

Do you see the contrast between the person who delights and meditates on the truth of God, and the one who goes their own way?

Where is the path of your life leading you at this time? Do you realize the choices you make along the way determine your destiny?


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