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Delights in His Word

I heard a wonderful preacher confess that he wasn’t very popular when it came to counseling his flock. You see, his advice was always the same and no one seemed to like it.
 
He always started with Psalm 1:1-3:
 
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

 
The preacher believed that if you committed yourself to delighting in God’s word - meditating on it day and night – that either you or your situation would be improved.
 
These verses promise that if we are constantly in the word of God:
 
  • We yield fruit in season – so we start to do the right things at the right time.
  • We don’t wither – regardless of how hard life gets!
  • And we “prosper”! (meaning: to succeed or to make progress)
The preacher’s flock wanted a quick fix for their immediate concerns, instead of a long-term commitment to delighting in God’s word. How about you? Will you take the preacher’s advice in your current situation?
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Rejoiced Exceedingly

“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matthew 2:9-10
 
We love classic Christmas hymns because in them, we harken back to the first noel, remembering the truth of the seasonal stories and songs we know so well.
 
“The First Noel” was published in about 1823. Though the angels’ announcement to the shepherds (Luke 2:1-20) is the topic of the first stanza, most of the hymn focuses on the wise men’s journey (Matt. 2:1-12).
 
“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star
 Shining in the East, beyond them far
 And to the earth, it gave great light
 And so it continued both day and night.”

Some linguists believe the word “noel” is from a Latin term meaning “relating to a birth.” Others believe it’s a derivative of the word “new” – meaning there’s something to tell. I think both definitions work. There’s definitely something new to tell. A birth! The birth of God’s own Son!
 
Like the three kings, we have many reasons for great joy over this good news: “Born is the King of Israel.” Even better, we can rejoice exceedingly because we know the rest of the story.
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