Last week was a well-timed kickoff of my online virtual Zoom study for Discovering Jesus…
How to Build a Stronger Life
This past Mother’s Day, I spoke in church on Three Great Traits of a Wonder Woman. Point Two was “She Brings on the Blessings”. Blessing means the ability to have a happy, flourishing, and thriving life. Blessed occurs 45 times in O.T. and 19 of these are in the Psalms! I strung together three Psalms to lay out three ways to build a stronger life. Note the “How to” in each verse is highlighted in red and underlined for emphasis:
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
*We become like a tree planted by streams of water (our life becomes an oasis of shade to others)
*We yield fruit (produces a fruit harvest)
*We do NOT wither (sink, drop down, languish, fade, crumble away, wear down)
* We DO prosper (advance, succeed, thrive, gain victory)
The key to this success?
Delight (pleasure, desire, purpose to be in) and Meditates (declare, ponder, mutter, utter, speak, muse, study) on the Word!
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
We will flourish (have a green, luxuriant, and fresh vibrant life)
The Key to This Success?
Trust (be bold, confident, and fully reliant) in God’s unfailing love
The righteous will flourish(bud, sprout) like a palm tree,
they will grow (increase) like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit (yield, flourish) in old age,
they will stay fresh(full of sap) and green (luxuriant) ,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” (Ps 92:12-15)
The Improved Strength:
*We will flourish (grow and sprout) like the date palms in an oasis
*We will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. This tree had the strongest and broadest trunk and was often used to build the King’s palace and the temple
*We will bear fruit and flourish (repeated three times in this psalm) in our old age (once we begin to grey)
*We will stay fresh and luxuriant.
Proclaim (declare, display, disclose in an obvious way) The Lord is upright (He is straight and right);
he is my Rock (a stone of strength), and there is no wickedness (unrighteousness, or injustice) in him
A simple application to begin to gain this flourishing, vibrant, thriving, and joyful life is to develop a daily devotional plan to learn and apply the Bible to your life. Of course, I recommend my award- winning Creative Bible Studies:
Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament (also a Finalist in the ECPA Book of the Year awards)
(co authored with Jean E Jones and Karla Dornacher)