The Foundation of a Meaningful Life

In Your Bible: Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm One sets the stage for all the psalms. It explains that God’s Word is the foundation of a meaningful life. Here we find the general “do’s and don’ts” for a man to be blessed. The key remains: those who seek and follow God’s Word will have a fruitful life.

How blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted
by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
and its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3 NASB).

Those With Godly Character

  • Meditate on God’s Word all the time
  • Have new desires, pleasures, hopes, and companions
  • Develop thoughts, words and actions—godly ones

Those With Ungodly Character

  • Take advice from bad sources/people
  • Obstruct those doing good for mankind
  • Mock those doing good

The psalmist shows the benefit of developing God’s character in your life. The key remains: seek and follow God’s Word to have a fruitful life.

Prayer: Father, your Word is a lamp for my walk with you. Selah.

Jesus’ Prayer in John 17 – Part Two

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Eyewitness Stories: John 17: 6-10
NLT: John 17: 6-10
In Your Bible: John 17: 6-10

As Jesus prays he discusses with his Father the aspects of his task on earth. His heartfelt communication shows us what we need to grasp. Jesus illuminates the concern he has for every believer.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

In John 3:16 Jesus declared God sent him for all who would believe. Now in John 17 he prays for those whom the Father has given to him. Not all people of the world believe in God’s Son, Jesus.

Many heard Jesus’ teaching, saw miraculous works of healing and received provision in their time of need. They witnessed his crucifixion, death and resurrection. Jesus tells the Father, “I have told these men about you. They were in the world, but you gave them to me. . . Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the words you gave to me” (John 17:6-8 NLT).

Eugene Peterson says it this way, “I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me . . .” (John 17:6 Message).

Character and Relationship

Jesus came to reveal God’s character and our relationship to him. The Master encouraged the humble to know what God is like and to be on intimate terms with him. Jesus said we can address God as Father. Yes, everyone who receives Christ’s word and believes in him, is taken into a covenant relationship with the Father. Christ has redeemed us to God.

Let us continue to dissect this wonderful, gracious and amazing prayer. Jesus illuminates the concern he has for the believer.

Prayer: Father, what a joy to slowly take in this prayer. As a believer I dwell in the richness and flavor of your love for me.

Questions: What is your impression as you see Jesus describe his work on earth in this manner. What more do you know about the character and nature of God?