“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; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all the he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:1-6
Physical life is measured by brain activity, heartbeats and breathes. As we have been studying Heaven, I realized we are hardwired to know that there’s more to life than what we see—more than just the physical, material and mortal. But most people today don’t
really live as if that’s true. How we live now matters; both now and for eternity.
Psalm 1 helps us ask three crucial questions:
1. What is the quality of life am I living? This is a simple question of
determining your priorities and values. The first two verses of Psalm 1 contrast two ways to live; one set of values leads to being blessed, while another leads to something else. Am I living by God’s values or the values of this world?
2. What is the impact of the life I am living? If I love God, there will be evidence. If I am blessed, I’ll see it. Think with me of a tree for a second. Trees make an impact, they make a difference. If I am the blessed, I’ll make an impact as the tree does. The tree’s secret is in its roots. That’s where the life flows from. The water from those streams feed the tree. It’s an unseen power source, and for those who would be blessed and have life, we must have access to the unseen power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we have that, it cannot help but flow out as proof of the life of Christ in me. Are you a tree planted by streams of water or are you chaff?
3. How will this life end for me? Think about the end of your life. If we can talk of Jesus’ death and burial as part of the Gospel message, why not yours and mine? It is completely appropriate to think about the time when we will die—and what comes after. Burying our heads in the sand about what awaits on the other side of death isn’t helpful or safe, or for that matter very smart. And we cannot simply make up what we think is right—though most do.
It isn’t subjective: God clearly tells us in His Word what awaits us in the eternal state.
Will you give yourself to follow that way? To be blessed? To have life in Jesus Christ?
He gave His life. He gave us life. Won’t you receive it from Him right now.