January 10, 2023
” Blessed is the one who does not walk in the step of 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. “
The Psalms is a book of devotionals. For 2023, I will try to reflect on a Psalm every Tuesday. For me, the Psalms have often given me words to things that have been going on in my life. All the emotions are there, love, gratitude, generosity, anger, doubt, grief among many others. There is no real order to them. They are just there.
There are so many voices in the book. The writer talks about holidays, coronation of kings, harvest season and planting seasons among many other events. He is angry at God, like in 22 and 88, but the writer always believes. These short devotionals are over 3000 years old. What can they mean to us today ? We have changed so much. Maybe God has not changed, but we are different people than those early believers in Yahweh. Our world is so much larger. But, how are we the same as those ancient wanderers in the desert ? what can this old, old book say to us ?
Psalm 1 is an invitation to walk a more narrow road of faith. Do not let others take you off the track of faith. Look to the law ( the ten commandments and it interpretations ) to live in the right way. If we delight in the Lord, then all of our relationships can be seen in the same way. We want to be in constant contact with God. We shall be changed every day of our lives.
Prayer, Thank your for the:
book, known as the Psalms. AMEN
Birds perch on branches
joining the peaceful chorus
of Courage’s song
Monika Pieper Landoni 2023