Promises for those who read God’s Word

Today is the first of a New Year. Many millions of Christians will include in their New Years resolutions a renewed commitment to reading the Bible. This is a good thing.

Many reading plans which encourage variety will include beginning the Psalms today. How good it is then that on this first day of the year so many Christians will read these great promises from God himself. If we will but meditate on The Truth we are assured God will change our nature so we will be a well-rooted tree able to be firmly established and in due course being forth fruit.

What could be more encouraging to us than this to ensure that our resolve is more than a typical temporary thing? Note the long term nature of this promise. Little by little our Lord promises to change us. I don’t know about you but I am still in need of his work in changing me decades after trusting him. This Psalm gives me a key promise of how this works:

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.

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