Scripture: Psalm 1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord
and who mediates on his law day and night
These are the very first words of the Book of Psalms–the prayer book you’ll find in the very center of scripture. For generations, these prayers–spoken and sung–have been a sort of holy umbilical cord growing God-life in God’s people. We’re using these words as our jumping off point for our second session of Spirit School ‘How to Cultivate Intimacy with the Holy Spirit’. Many of us met the Lord in the context of a religion mostly concerned with protecting us from bad things. But God’s gift of the Spirit is an invitation to so much more–a life centered on and overflowing with the goodness of God. When we learn to delight in God’s ways we become, in the next words of the psalm– like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. We were made for so much more than not doing wrong. Life with God, filled with the Holy Spirit, is the relationship that leads into that more that Jesus called abundant life.
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