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Weekly Devotionals

Re-Start

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, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.  Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. – Psalm 1

Every year, as the new year gets started, I begin a new Bible reading plan, and try to get through the entire Scriptures within the following 365 days. This is not meant to be boastful statement as a pastor, but I hope that every follower of Christ has a love and dedication for the word of God, even if it’s not necessarily a commitment to read the Bible cover-to-cover every year.

This year, I’m going through an annual Bible reading plan through the Bible Project, which many of you may be familiar with. And every day there are about 3-4 chapters of a book of the Bible to read, as well as a Psalm. And just this past week, I finally finished up all of Psalms, and I started up again in Psalm 1. I’ll admit that it’s not easy to do it every day, and there are somedays that I get busy, or tired, or just want to sleep in, but I still try to do my best.

However, the problem with Bible reading plans is that when you miss a couple of days, you start to feel either guilty for not keeping up, or you feel a huge burden of trying to make up for the days you’ve missed out, and so you end up getting discouraged, and sometimes you eventually quit the plan altogether. Reading the Bible should not be a legalistic exercise, and it should certainly not be a burden, but instead it should be something you do with joy, and also because you need to feed your soul with God’s truth daily.

Psalm 1 says that blessed is the man (and woman), who meditates on the word of God day and night, so it’s telling us that if we do our best to discipline ourselves to read the word of God and meditate on it, God will bless us. The word of God will keep us safe from the company of the wicked, and will lead us in the paths of righteousness and God’s oversight in our lives.

We are now almost at the middle part of the year, and some of us may have already given up on whatever Bible reading plan we’ve started at the beginning of 2022. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late to re-start! Just like I started all over again in Psalm 1 just last week, the Lord will not be disappointed that you’re getting started again in the middle of the year. There’s no better time than the present time.

So this week, let’s open up the word of God, and let’s spend some time there. If you’ve been doing it, then great! Let’s keep doing it! If you’ve gotten out of the habit, then it’s okay to get started now! A good place to start, if you haven’t done so already is Psalm Chapter 1. Blessed is the man who delights in the law (or the word) of the LORD, and who meditates on it day and night!