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The Journey Begins

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked… But his delight in 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, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1, 3)

Psalm 1 paints a picture of the difference between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous person is planted in God’s word and the family of God. The wicked person is blown around like chaff by prevailing societal winds.

The Psalms themselves are an amazing collection of songs and poems compiled over many years and eventually put in this collection of 150. There is a very logical order to them as they are meant to describe the journey of life.

Psalm 150, the last one, is an incredible hymn of praise where the psalmist finds himself in the sanctuary of God. It says, in essence, “We finally made it!” In the intervening 149 psalms there are ups and downs, pain, regret, fear, joy, faith, hope, repentance…you know – we call it “life.” Psalm 1 is the starting point of the journey.

Ironically, the journey begins by being planted.

Starting this Sunday, we’ll be digging into the counter-cultural idea of staying put and growing roots with my new sermon series, The Power of Place.

Discover the freedom that comes with stability.


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