Words from the Heart for Monday January 2nd, 2017

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord…

Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)

Delight in the Law of the Lord

The Lord promises to bless those who dare to be different and choose to delight in His Word and His ways. We can ask Him to help us at any time today to make that wise choice. All day long our ways can please the Lord.

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Devotion

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Kingston, Ontario, don’t miss one of Canada’s most delightful markets. Located in the heart of the city, adjacent to City Hall, historic Springer Market Square has been well used and enjoyed by citizens and visitors for well over 200 years. One of the foremost urban open spaces of its kind in Canada, Kingston’s Market Square has been favourably compared to some of the great squares and piazzas of Europe. The pride and ownership of Springer Market Square is evidenced every day by a simple stroll through the Square at any time of day – people enjoying a coffee and a book at a bistro table, people enjoying live music, someone biting into a fresh apple…every day is different, but every day in the Square is enjoyable.

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The book of Psalms begins with some of the most practical wisdom found in the Bible – a book filled with God-inspired wisdom. Psalm 1:1-2 says “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord…” The word blessed means filled with joy. The Bible often speaks of being blessed – joy is a fruit of the Spirit and one of the greatest benefits of having sins forgiven and eternity guaranteed. In our verses for today blessing comes from two things – not doing what is evil and taking delight in the law of God. The Psalm begins with some good advice. It paints a picture of a person who is walking down a road in the company of the wicked. He has chosen to walk with a group of people who have turned their backs on God. Walking with someone who is evil is bad enough, but next he stops and stands with them. The relationship is getting more serious and so is the conversation. Finally, the person is sitting with them – now described as the company of mockers. He has joined with them. Joy comes – blessing comes – to the man or woman who doesn’t allow this to happen, but who instead delights in God’s Word. Where do you find yourself today? Among the mockers, or among the blessed?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley