Day 1: Reflection (Gen 1 & Ps 1)

I started the Bible in 3 Years reading plan yesterday. 2 chapters - Easy!

I want to post here from time to time reflections, insights, questions and ideas about what we’re reading. Hopefully some others will post here too. Would be great to be encouraged in our reading by being reminded that we’re doing this in community and others are on the journey with us.

I found myself focusing on Psalm 1 - one of my favourite chapters in the whole Bible.

Psalm 1

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,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

I spent some extra time in reflection, doing a mini Lectio Divina, and jotted down a few reflections:

1) All of life is represented in the first verse by Walk, Stand, Sit.

2) The path to being blessed isn’t what you MIGHT expect - walk in the way of the righteous, stand in the path of the good, sit in the seat of the benevolent. Instead its DELIGHT & MEDITATE on God’s LAW (Bible Shorthand for God’s Story, God’s Character, God’s Desire for creation and us). Maybe….read the Bible in 3 years…and really soak it in, enjoy it, keep thinking about it.

3) The word for meditate brings the image of chewing on, rolling it over, considering it over and over again while laying on your bed, waiting in line at the post office, driving to work.

4) And now, what seems to me the GOSPEL part of this Psalm, instead of us trying to change our behaviour as we WALK, STAND, SIT, God is the one who, when we lose ourselves in His Story, PLANTS us as a blessing and to be a blessing. He does the transforming work in us!

5) The focus on fruit and leaves in verse 3 I think hints at our blessing to others. That God will, through us and our lives, sustain and heal others. While fruit brings the image of sustenance, leaves are a common image of healing as they were often used for that purpose and the Bible ends on this image as well (Rev. 22:2).

6) Finally, those who appear successful but are acting in their own self interest will not be able to STAND at the END.

Those were some very quick thoughts. Happy Reading!

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