[1] Investment with the Lord

Welcome to Day 1 of our Reading Plan! Click here to see the post from earlier about what we will be doing for the next 31 Days. =] There is a YouVersion Community, but I am sharing my thoughts on my blog and Gracefully Overcoming’s FB also.

Thinking about joining me in the Reading Plan? Comment below and let me know. I will be praying for you – and your involvement will help me to be encouraged as I commit to this next month.

Five Psalms and One chapter of Proverbs.

Psalm 1

Verse 5 really stands out to me, as I read.

The sinners will have no place among the godly.

Psalm 1:5b, NLT

At the time of eternal judgment, sinners will have no place among the godly. I am reminded of Matthew 25, where God’s children (sheep) are separated from goats. On that day, no one can pretend to be His. We will be seen as we truly are. Those who are truly His, will forever be with Him. And nothing can stop the Day of Judgment from coming.

But as we think about our lives today, we need to invest in our relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ who has come to be our Savior and Lord. He has loved us with an everlasting love, my friends. He has come to save us. How are we willing to trust Him? And invest in our relationship with Him?

For myself, I am choosing to invest in my relationship with Christ by giving myself to reading His Word {the Bible}. I am going to remember the need for this investment – even when it’s hard to do – with my day-to-day obstacles. It doesn’t mean I will always get to this Reading Plan, but it does mean I will try.

Psalm 31:

I need to recount the ways that our Mighty God has protected me. He has kept me safe from danger. He knows the troubles of my soul and has not handed me over to my enemy!

Verses 7-8 are special to me.

7I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. 8 You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Ps. 31:7-8, NIV

I wonder if we realize the protection we are given as we stand in God’s presence and choose to trust in His Son Jesus Christ…

Psalm 61:

In verse 2, we are reminded of one thing we can do when our hearts are depleted of strength. David prayed [called out to God] when his heart had no strength. I pray, we would remember to pray when we don’t have the strength to do anything else.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

Psalm 61:2-3

Psalm 91:

Refuge continues to be the word that stands out to me. Our Mighty God is our place of safety, even though we face troubling times. How are we making Christ Jesus our Strong Tower – the One to whom we run? His faithfulness is like our Protective Shield. Keep running to Him, my friends!

When we make Him through Jesus Christ our Dwelling Place, we will experience protection that far exceeds our greatest expectations! We will still face trials we wish to avoid, but He is walking with us through these things – giving us the strength needed to overcome them.

Psalm 121:

Our Mighty God is our greatest help in times of need. He never sleeps and is always available 24/7. He is our greatest protection. Keep seeking Him, doing as Psalm 1 mentioned. May we find ourselves meditating on His Word day and night, allowing our lives to explode with His spiritual fruit.

Proverbs 1:

Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

In verses 10-16, we are reminded why we need wisdom. We need wisdom to keep us on the right path, to keep us on God’s path. The proverbs help us to seek both God and His wisdom – which allows us to apply His truths to our lives and situations.

Will we love knowledge and fear the Lord? If so, we will experience good spiritual fruit as a result of our efforts and trusting Christ. If we reject God and His knowledge, then, we will eat the dangerous fruits of living for ourselves.