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Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 7:03 AM

Bearing fruit for the glory of God: Sunday Morning QT

The Word our nourishment: Psalm 1

1Blessed is the man[a]
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law[b] of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3He 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.
4The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Understanding the passage:

  1. As the opening Psalm to the book of Psalms, it was intentionally placed there (Psalm 90 is the oldest one), and thus serves as a gateway to the book of Psalms. What contrasts are set up by the Psalmist in this passage between the righteous and the wicked?

2. What are the promises of God for the righteous and the wicked?

Applying the text:
  1. What is our source of nourishment for bearing spiritual fruit? Why is it so important?

2. Notice that change isn't always immediate (we bear fruit in season), what are some ways that we can plan for long term spiritual growth?
  1. Spend some time in prayer and confession, if you're like the rest of us, you don't always delight in the law of the Lord. Where is our hope and trust again? Is it in works?

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