Note From The Pastor:
May 21, 2017
From the Pastor’s Desk:
“Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.” Psalm 1: 1-3
It is easy to get lost in the Psalms (and I mean lost in the best sense of the word). The imagery evoked by the authors can be soft and elegant and then blunt and dark - sometimes within the same Psalm. They are a testimony to the reality of emotion in the human experience, the reality that our emotions can take us on a rollercoaster ride.
Psalm 1 is a good example of this. It is full of beautiful imagery describing devoted followers of God, as well as imagery of destruction for the wicked. What separates the happy from the, well, let’s say unhappy, is what they delight in.
If you visit a third world country (not just see them on TV commercials asking for your money), you will find that even though the people have next to nothing and live in conditions that we would consider inhumane, they know how to be happy. They enjoy their lives. The reason is their focus is not on things but on each other: on their families and friends, on being grateful for the breath in their lungs and the sun in the sky.
For Christians, if our delight - our focus - is the Word of God, then it isn’t going to matter if we can afford to eat at fancy restaurants or have the latest gadgets or the newest model car. When we simplify our focus to the one thing that can bring us true joy and happiness, when we stop chasing after the chaff, we will find our truest joy.
May you discover your truest joy this week as you delight in God’s Holy Word.
Grace and peace,
Cherry Hill United Methodist Church