Psalm One - Planted

Review It:

Phil offered us a challenge. Every day in November to do three things. 

  • Engage with the Scriptures by reading through the reading guide every day. 
  • Reflect on what you read throughout the day. 
  • Discuss it with someone else. 

The commitment is without guilt.  If you miss some days don’t let guilt hang you up just pick up where you are and see how it affects your life at the end of November.

We are all on a path.   Our path is going somewhere. Do you know where your path is taking take you?  

How easy is it to observe someone else’s path and see where they will end up?  How difficult it is to see our own?

So many things impact our path.  We sometimes think the outcome is random.  We see the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer and we think it doesn’t matter how I live. 

The truth is the outcome of our path is not as random as it sometimes seems. 

Psalm 1:3 says that we can be like tree that is firmly planted and yields fruit when it is supposed to. There is a path that we can be on that will lead to being firmly planted, fruitful and having fewer regrets.

Discuss It: 

  • Do you ever struggle with direction or knowing where you are? 
  • Have you ever wondered how you got somewhere ( a particular situation, relationships, etc.. ) in your life?  
  • When have you asked yourself “what was I thinking”?
  • What do you think about the path you are on in life?
  • How do you think the choices in the present will impact the outcome in the future?
  • In what areas of your life have you thought intentionally about where you are going?  What did that look like?  What worked or didn’t work?  What did you learn from that experience?
  • When have you recognized that the decisions and relationships etc…  in someone else’s life would have a bad ending?
  • Why is it so much easier to see things in others than in ourselves?

Psalm 1 indicates there is a path that leads to a strong, fruitful place where we can have fewer regrets. 

Jeremiah 17:8b indicates something similar: They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23 describes the kind of fruit that the Spirit of God produces: love, joy, peace. patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control

  • What would be good about that kind of life?
  • How would that be different from what you are experiencing?
  • What would drought proof faith mean to you?

Apply It:

  • What would be the logical conclusion of the path that you are on if you don’t make any changes?
  • In what areas would you like to be more thoughtful about your choices and reactions? 
  • How will being thoughtful of outcome effects the decisions you make?  What will produce a drought proof faith?
  • Will you participate in the GroVember Challenge to read every day, reflect on what you read and discuss it with someone?  
  • Who are some people you could discuss what you are reading with?

Jason McBride

Southeast Christian Church, 9650 Jordan Road, Parker, CO, 80134, United States