Sunday, January 16, 2011

Psalm 1

God Loves you, this is rather evident, just the fact of your existence speaks to this. you didn't have to be, yet here you are. Physicists tell us the entirety of the universe had a beginning. they call this the big bang, they tell us matter is condensed energy, and an incredible amount of energy burst forth and condensed into all the galaxies and stars, planets, everything you see and can't see throughout the night sky.  Thanks to Einstein we know that space and time are relative, as space has expanded, so time had dilated in relation to spacealso thanks to Einstein we know that perspective is important when looking at space/time. what you see standing at this point in time looking back to the beginning differs from what you would perceive standing at the point of singularity, that is, the point of the big bang looking forward to today.Our scientists today date the age of the universe at 13.75 billion of today's years old, and the age of our planet at about 4.5 billion of today's years old. what would the difference in time be if you were looking at today from the perspective of the beginning? you would have to be a much better mathematician than me to give an even close guesstimate but it would look considerably younger. consider this question, why did the big bang, bang? was there a reason for this? certainly something from nothing does not follow classical Newtonian physics, does it? Scripture tells us this "reason" was God. Many people look for other explanations, but what really have they found? it just "happened" is really all that science can explain by way of observation. physicists like to explain causes and effects but when it comes to the FIRST cause, well, then they will cite David Hume who said that humans cannot perceive causes and effects, so what, I'd ask, are they studying? If you can't perceive any cause or effect, what are they looking for? much of science today starts with an attitude first of skeptical conjecture. and attitude seems to dictate in humans where they will go in their observations. start with a supposition, then look for support in other supposed "facts". the problem with this is people will keep the "facts" that support their supposition, and ignore those little inconvenient "facts" that point in some other direction they don't want, or desire to go. what is this I have found here, for if desire dictates what people see as fact, and differing people have differing desires does each person exist in their own universe? sadly, way too many people these days think so, don't they? just fighting your way though a busy wal-mart will tell you so. 
 I bet you all are wondering what the heck this has to do with Psalm 1 by now, arn't you?
 well I'll tell you now, it has to do with the transformation that will happen to you if you seek to love God. Living a life by your own will and your own ways has an end, and that end 'aint so pretty either. Truly Loving God will cause you to seek out HIS will and HIS way. and you will try your best to make HIS will YOUR will, and HIS ways YOUR ways. 
 to do this you need to know his will and his ways, and his way is prescribed in his word. the Apostle John looking at the beginning saw that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Press yourself into that mold God made for us, and see what happens.

 the best two books of the Bible to start this process I can think of is Psalms and Proverbs. these two books give you many of the fundamental building blocks of conforming your mind to God's mind. chew on every word slowly, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a glimpse of how you stand up to the measure of God rule. Words give you knowledge, the Holy Spirit has to help you with the next part of the process which is understanding that knowledge, than understanding brings you to wisdom, not your wisdom, but God's. (if you try to take God's word and shape or define it by your desires, will you have the truth? no. let God define himself, this book, the Bible, is here for a reason)  the Gospel message is so simple even a little child can figure it out. Christ even said this, we tend to make it complicated in our broken sinful minds. God does not force his will on us at this time, simply provides us the opportunity to know his will, what we do with that is up to us.
Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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