Daily Devotional: Psalms 1:1-6
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
We get out what we put in. This is true with almost everything in life. In sports, we win when we put enough into practice and the game. In cooking, we get good results when we put the right ingredients in the right proportions and cook at the correct temperature. With sewing, we get good garments when we use good material and the right pattern. So it is in our lives. We get out what we put in.
If we fill our minds with the word of God and things that are wholesome, true and pure, we get a spiritual and godly life. If we constantly fill our hearts with the filth, trash and ungodliness that pervades our media (whether music, movies, TV, books, magazines, the internet or social media), we will find ourselves thinking and acting ungodly. We need to study and meditate on the word of God.
O God, as we embark on a new year, give me a heart that longs for your word and things that are wholesome, pure, true and godly. Help me feed my mind in a way that will make me more like you and give me an abhorrence for that which is evil and opposed to you. As I meditate on your love and your kindness, help me be more loving and kind to those around me. I thank you for blessing me with such a loving family and so many loving friends and I ask you to help me always treat them in a way that shows your love. Help me be more patient, understanding and forgiving. I pray in the name of Jesus my Redeemer and Lord.