During my first week in the pulpit of Mount Hood Christian Center, I preached out of Psalm 1. And in it I shared a bit of vision. There are three points, inspired by the Psalm, that I would like our church to remember and be doing. And they are this:
- Delighting in God’s Word – Verse 2 tells us that the blessed person delights in God’s Word. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do see people who are and they caress their cups and sip their drinks with such pleasure. If I can do anything as pastor I would hope to inspire the people of MHCC to approach the Word of God in the same manner. Reading the Bible is not as much of a duty as it is a DELIGHT.
- Looking for God’s Grace – We also learned that the blessed person is like a planted tree. And trees don’t plant themselves. Neither do they know how to best care for themselves. Something has to be done for them that they could never do for themselves. That’s good news! We have a gardener! But, sometimes we question His wisdom. Why did you plant me here? In the current situation of my life? Well, the scripture says, (s)he is planted by streams of water! What a beautiful picture of grace. So if you’re questioning the conditions of your life… Look for the streams of grace and provision… because they’re there!
- Telling other’s about God’s Son – Verse 5 tells us that sinners will not stand in the congregation of the righteous. But wait… hold up! Aren’t the righteous sinners too? Yes, by birth. But here’s more good news. Romans 5:19 tells us that although we were all born sinners through Adam, we were all re-born righteous through Jesus Christ. When the Father looks at you and me He sees the righteousness of God… all because of JESUS! The congregation of the righteous is the congregation of Christ. Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son does not have life (1 John 5:11-12). Therefore telling other’s about Jesus makes all the difference in the world.
Can you imagine a life better than the Psalm 1 kind of life? Let’s live it and and let’s love it.
Blessed is the person who…
Delights in God’s Word
Looks for His Grace
And Tells Others about His Son.