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The Biblical Recipe for Spiritual Success - In His Grip - Week of June 9, 2014

  • 2014 Jun 09

The Biblical Recipe for Spiritual Success

The Bible makes many promises but none greater than what is found in Psalm 1.

[1] Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; [2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. [3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. [4] The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. [5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; [6] for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1 ESV)

Did you notice verse 3b? “In all that he does, he prospers.” This is the true prosperity Gospel. There is a success God promises to give to those who learn the missing art of meditation. In Deuteronomy 28, after the Law was read God instructed the people to gather on two mountains opposite each other to hear of the blessings for obedience and the curses for disobedience to the Law.

That day Moses charged the people, saying, “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel in a loud voice: (Deuteronomy 27:11-14 ESV)

After they gathered on both sides of the valley upon these two mountains they began to sing an antiphonal song wherein the blessings and the curses associated with obedience to the Law were shouted and answered. In this tradition of blessings and curses, Psalm 1 does not disappoint. It promises blessings to those who practice the art of meditation and assumes that Godly people will do just that. But the ungodly will not practice this art and thus are cursed for their disobedience.

I do not mean by meditation bending one’s self into a pretzel and chanting some Eastern mantras. Meditation is the mechanism that connects prayer power with scripture power. It is the means by which we receive illumination from God as to what He desires for us to be and do. It is via meditation that we receive our marching orders. When we truly meditate in the Word of God and prayer we connect the ethereal with the reality that is the circle of influence in which we live, our own personal mission field. Meditation connects us to the “therefore” of scripture and the “so what” of prayer. As we study the Word of God and as we pray we are filled with unfiltered information that must become personal and applicable to the world in which you and I live.

But how does this happen? In the weeks to follow I hope you will stay with me on this. I want to unpack it slowly because far too many of us go through the exercise of having devotions only to end our day the same way we started it with no noticeable changes in how we live for Christ. In the meantime, if you have never meditated on scripture, I suggest you start with Psalm 1. Each day, ask God to open your heart to the truth of this passage. Read this Psalm out loud, silently if you are surrounded by others! Personalize it, as in put your name in place of “the man” or “he.” Change “he” to “she” if you are a woman. Make this a prayer and as you pray, jot down thoughts about your own life. Pray this Psalm for someone God has placed on your mind and jot down thoughts on how you might be able to encourage that person. If you have never spent regular time meditating, start with this baby step.

In His grip,

Chuck F. Betters

Digging Deeper: Psalm 1

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