Psalm 1 is one of my favourites, and is the first chapter of the Bible (well, other than Psalm 23) that I memorized in its entirety. It clearly contrasts the differences between the faithful and the wicked. Reading it makes me resolve again not to follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. Instead, I want to live my life in such a way that it is noticeably different from those around me. If we live what we say we believe, our lives should be visibly different. Is mine? Is yours?
Psalm 10 expands on the idea that the wicked have mistaken God's patience for His approval or indifference. Not so! The wicked will be held to account, justice will prevail, God's patience will come to an end - and then it will be too late to change.
The same principle holds true for believers as well. Today is the day we must do whatever it is we've been putting off until tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow. We must put things right today.
Psalm 33:3 always jumps out at me.
Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
My piano teacher referenced that verse numerous times. Why? Notice the word skillfully. God does not entrust us with talents just for us to let them lie dormant, or to be poor stewards of our gifts. We are not just to randomly and lazily use the talents He's given us. We are to develop them. We are to play skillfully. For His glory though, not our own.
Tell the world how glorious he is.
Well, that's pretty basic, pretty blunt, pretty direct. Tell the world. When's the last time I've told someone... anyone (!) how glorious God is?
Some toe stepping was going on for me in today's passage. What about you?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Psalm 67, 71, 91-94