Like a Tree By the Waters

A verse-by-verse commentary on Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

True joy and success belong to the one who is dedicated to uprightness. He does not listen to every piece of advice, but weighs it carefully in wisdom, choosing not to act upon the promptings of the foolish or wicked. He does not stand for what is wrong, but boldly stands for what is right. He does not make friends with those who mock the truth – rather, he is mocked and rejected because of his stand.

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Bare Minimum

BareMinimum

What does God want? The bare minimum – or an A+?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other night I was reading in Malachi 1, and I was struck by several of its verses:

A son honors his father,
And a servant his master.
If then I am the Father,
Where is My honor?
And if I am a Master,
Where is my reverence?
Says the LORD of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.

And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
Is it not evil?
Offer it then to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you?
Would he accept you favorably?”
Says the LORD of hosts.

You also say,
‘Oh, what a weariness!’
And you sneer at it,”
Says the LORD of hosts.
“And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
Thus you bring an offering!
Should I accept this from your hand?”
Says the LORD.
“But cursed be the deceiver
Who has in his flock a male,
And takes a vow,
But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished –
For I am a great King,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“And My name is to be feared among the nations.”
(Malachi 1:6, 8, 13-14)

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