Where’s your favorite chair?
Is it in your house? Was it in the house you grew up in? Or maybe it’s in someone else’s house, it’s the one you look to make sure no one is sitting there at you enter and as you try to move the conversation into that room.
Is it in the showroom of that store you keep visiting and the employees know your name? If so, it’s time to buy or move on. Or at least bring dessert on your next visit.
We all tend to have a favorite seat – whether it’s an office chair, seat around a cozy table or a recliner in front of the TV. We enjoy that seat as a place to rest, recoup with your coffee or a space to call home, even if just for a few minutes.
I’m beginning a study through the Psalms this year in 2016 and utilizing Timothy Keller’s book The Songs of Jesus, as a guide.
In Psalm 1, we’re introduced to an overview of the entire book with a word picture to hang on to. The picture entices us to make sure we are seated comfortably with the truth, focused away from people of wrong influence and humbled to sit in a seat that finds its life, direction and instruction with God.
Psalms is inviting us to find a seat with God in and through the Scriptures.
We’re invited to not to spend too much time walking with the wicked, or standing in the company of the sinful or to sitting in with fools – but instead to delight and dive deep into the Scriptures to find the truth and life we seek most.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. -Psalm 1:1-3 (niv)
The psalmist is inviting us to sit awhile in a comfortable and cozy setting gleaning from the Scriptures and the God who inspired them, so we may know Him better. And have a better life.
Friend, may you this year – make time to take a seat in such a place and in such a way. Find the right place and pace for you, but stay seated long enough to delight in the truth that breathes life into your soul. May the roots of your life go down deep and drink up the nourishment of God’s hope for you.
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