The biggest decision you will make this year
15/01/2023 - Matt Destry
What are the biggest decisions you’ve had to make in your life?
Buy or sell? Stay or go? Treat or don’t treat? Marry or don’t marry? Leave or stay?
Scripture – Psalm 1
#blessed with context
Psalm 1 introduces the whole book of Psalms. Indeed ‘distinctiveness’ is the theme around which the poem is structured. A psalm that is really the key to all psalms…
Ash-re: lit. ‘happy’
A1 (v 1) The way of blessedness
B1 (v 2) Continuance in the Lord’s law
C1 (v 3) The enduring fruit tree
C2 (v 4) The impermanent chaff
B2 (v 5) No standing in the Lord’s judgment
A2 (v 6) The way of perishing
Chiastic structure helps us see the crux of the passage (V 3&4)
a/ A life of faith is LIVED OUT,
rather than just talked about
b/ We are TRANSPLANTED
into a new position by delight
1/ How healthy is your tree? A spiritual inventory
Do I have a place for God’s word and voice in my life?
What disciplines do I need to employ to help me delight in God’s Word?
Who will I ask to keep me accountable with this?
2/ Who are you planted with? A relational inventory
How will the people you are ‘walking, standing, sitting’ with affect your future spiritual health?
Who helps challenge you and pull you out of complacency?
How might I lend my strength to help others?
3/ Authoritative prayer
Where do you need to ‘stand your ground’ with God?
How might you make prayer more of a joy this year?
Where are you seeing the Lord’s faithfulness in your life? Where would you like to see it even more?
2 options: God’s Word or the herd
Delight in His word because He has delighted in you