do I go from here?” Psalm 1
2005. Pastor Matt
message is for…
- those who have been baptized today
- those who are graduating from high school or college
- those who have been wandering the streets of life with no direction and stability
- those of us who find ourselves in spiritually dry times
o all the above people are on a journey
o we are all on a journey called life
§ with all its ups and downs
§ with the craziness life is about to throw
at you or currently is throwing at you, we need a place of stability, a solid place to stand where we know we can always stand,
where we can always run to and know this will be the same
- Sometimes life can be a raging storm all around us but we can be at peace within.
- Sometimes our spiritual walk can be up and down, alive then dead
- Sometimes we make a mess of our own lives (we don’t need help from the world around us) and we wish we new of
a better way to keep ourselves out of the messes we make.
see what the Bible has to say about all this:
According to this Psalm, we have
two options of who is going to guide our lives:
Option #1. We can follow the world
Option #2. We can follow the Word
Let us examine
what happens when we follow option #1.
"Counsel of the wicked”
Taking advice from the ungodly
you know Christian people can give some very ungodly advice when they speak from their flesh, out of anger, or selfishness?
are not to seek advice from the world and yet we listen to the news, the local shrink, Rush Limbaugh, horoscopes, or we just
follow the advice that is suggested to us through advertisements, TV, radio etc.
(What happens in Vegas, separation
of church and state)
should not even listen to the advice of ungodly people.
If we fill our mind with it enough times, we will begin to believe it
must filter everything we hear through the Word of God…even if you hear it in a church
“stand in the way of sinners”
- At this point you are no longer speaking with or listening to the ungodly
- Now you are walking in their life, doing the sinful things they encouraged you to do
o (even if they think what they are doing is not a sin)
I am not saying to remove yourself from the world.
Matthew 5:14. "You are the light of the world…”
must be in this world (we cant live in a bubble) if we are going to share Jesus with the world
But that also does not mean we are to point out the sins of the lost
lost are just lost. They don’t need morality, they need Jesus
gives us the ability to see the sins of others and the strength to stay out of it and away from it
“sit in the seat of mockers”
- at this point, you are opposed to God
o you have a hatred towards the things of God
§ the Bible, Christians, even driving past
- when people find themselves buried in their own sin, they often curse at God
Where does following the world take
- we become like chaff that the wind blows away
o In winnowing, grain is threshed in order to separate the kernel of grain from the husk
and straw . The mixture is thrown into the air with a winnowing fork or shovel. The wind blows the light husks away, the heavier
straw falls near the edge of the threshing floor, and the grain falls back to the floor to be collected.
o The chaff that blows away is useless
o What happens to the useless chaff?
§ It is trampled on and eventually burned
John the Baptist…
“I baptize with water those who turn from their sins and turn to God. But someone is
coming soon who is far greater than I am—so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He is ready to separate the chaff from the grain
with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, storing the grain in his barn but burning the chaff with
We can see
that following the when we follow the world, it is a path that leads to destruction
Matthew 7:13-14. "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the
gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
of Jesus is pretty simple
but there are a lot of messages that the world will send you that are wrong
Nothing we do on this earth that is done from a worldly perspective, will have any value
In eternity, the worthless things we do will be burned in the fire
In eternity, those who follow
the world and reject Christ will be separated from those of us who do know Him and they will be thrown into the lake of fire
Now let’s turn our focus to option
(1) Blessed is the man who does not…
It is not just about what we do, but what we don’t do
(2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord
True enjoyment is found in submersing ourselves in the things
of the Word
on the outside that the things of the world make us happy but on the inside…)
(2) on His Law he meditates day and night
A person who can’t get enough of the Word (as a young
Also a person who does not feel like it but continues to
study the Word of God
Deuteronomy 6:6-9. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when
you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind
them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your
when we meditate on His Word day and night?
What happens when we follow the Word?
(3) We become
like a tree planted by streams of water
It is important to notice the streams of water
is symbolic of a continual time in the Word
When we consistently spend time in the Word…
§ We are provided with a never ending supply of spiritual nourishment
§ Some of you have taken your little piece of the living water, a cup of
it and held it to yourself. Your private little pond has grown stagnate or dry
or both. You have tried to hold on to what you knew as a kid and slowly, one
day at a time it evaporates until there is almost nothing left and what is left is too nasty to drink from it.
§ And yet we lead people to our stale waters and say “drink up!” Or we lead them their and tell them our words are words of life when in reality they
are words of death.
§ Dryness in the desert results in death.
People in the desert will find whatever water they can get their hands on, they are seeking for the water. Give them good healthy, life giving water
(3) which yields its fruit
God produces good fruit through us
the only way to yield fruit in your life is to spend time in the Word and
apply it to your life
o the work happens from the inside out
o just reading the Word will bring about change
§ it is impossible to read It without It effecting you
- it is important to yield fruit
because people “beneath you” will eat your fruit
(3) Whose leaf does not wither
regardless of the changes all around you, regardless of the seasons in
your life, you can still produce fruit
this is the stability
We are given inner stability
A life separated from the scriptures is a life that can not flourish, grow,
produce fruit, or be a channel of life to others
Brown tree leaves fall of you and onto people when you live in dryness. Who wants to spend all day raking up your dry leaves?
What a waste. What are dry leaves good for? Burning, starting fires
One more thing…
Some of you may be going through
spiritually dry times
Following the Word will revive a dry and dying faith
Isaiah 43:18-19. "Forget the former things; do not dwell on
the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive
it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the
house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still
bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness
Matthew 7:24-27. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came
down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation
on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them
into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came
down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Whether you are
doing great or really far from where you need to be spiritually, find yourself in the Word
It is the best recipe
for stability in your life