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The mark of the blessed (Psalm 1)

How do you spot someone who is truly blessed by God?

Read Psalms 1:1

• What is the quality you most look for in friends, work colleagues, yourself?

There may be many things—good humour, professionalism, truthfulness. Did you have words like faithfulness and reliability somewhere on your list? Whatever their character, if an acquaintance is faithful and not flighty, constant not capricious, then they are someone you can trust and depend on.

Re-read verse 3

Think about the image of a tree being used here.

• Why is the tree “evergreen”, do you think?
• What are the visible results of its invisible source of nourishment?

A Christian shows constancy, or stickability, because he or she has built his life on Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13 v 8). As our life grows in us by the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts, we start to show the same
qualities in our lives as Jesus did in His. We are not blown about by popular or clever-sounding opinions. We are not dragged off course by friends or enemies. We do not seek to feel better about ourselves, or gain recognition for ourselves,
by pushing others down.

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TIME OUT
Is the end of verse 3 a promise that Christians close to God will grow rich?
Yes—and no! In the Old Testament God illustrates with worldly wealth the blessing He pours out on those He loves. But this is an illustration only. Some believers will enjoy the blessing and responsibility of worldly wealth. Others will enjoy the blessing and responsibility of worldly poverty. We are all rich beyond our wildest dreams in Christ.
Read Ephesians 2:7
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APPLY
Is v 3 a picture of the person you want to be? The clues to how to get there are in the image. Plant yourself in Christ. Draw your strength and sustenance from Him. Meditate day and night on the gospel of God, and you will grow more like Christ
by the grace and power of God.
• As you look forward to the next week, at what time do you think you will be in most danger of forgetting about the gospel? What will you do at that point to remind yourself?
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PRAY
Speak to God about verse 3 now. Ask Him to establish you in Christ so that you will be evergreen, fruitful, wealthy in the only way that matters, and so that you will be a blessing to others.
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Explore God's Word Daily helps you open up the Bible to be refreshed and encouraged in your walk with God. "Explore" is the daily Bible-reading devotional from The Good Book Company (www.thegoodbook.com). Contributors include: Dr Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York; Mike McKinley, Senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church; Tim Chester, author and pastor of Crowded House, Sheffield, UK; Mark Meynell, Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, UK. Editors: Tim Thornborough and Carl Laferton.

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