Flourish: Thriving in Everyday Life

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Psalms 1:1-6 NKJV¹

The law of the Lord refers to the prophecies declared and scripture written that are accredited to Moses, the patriarch. David had a lot less Bible to encourage himself in the Lord compared to what we have now. David wrote the first Psalm towards the end of his life. He had achieved wealth and respect from all kingdoms and empires of his day and age. According to biblical archeology, his kingdom stretched from Jerusalem all the way north to the Upper Galilee region to the outskirts of Damascus, and all the way to the west (from the Red Sea to the river Euphrates in Iraq). David dealt with grief, sin, mockers, agnostics, witchcraft and atheists. John Trapp² said quaintly, “The Psalmist hath said there more to the point respecting happiness than all the philosophers; for while they beat the bush, he hath put the bird into our hand.” Only the consciousness of God’s love can make us perfectly happy.

All through history, what defines the success and downfall of many individuals, kingdoms and empires revolves around counsel. The wisest man in the world, noted in the Bible as Solomon, was surrounded with great counsel. Wars, politics, pandemics, and other crises are won or lost by counsel. Success or failure in marriage, education, jobs, family, and finances, amongst other challenges, are laced in the fabric of your counsel.

People will always be ready to speak or give their counsel. Rev. W.L. Watkinson, in a sermon³, wrote “the fact that we are careful to do our utmost to protect great buildings from fire and tempest, all the while those buildings are liable to another peril, certainly not less severe…” Many people wonder in obscurity, because the counsel to which they are listening, and their associations are really undermining all their spiritual strength, like a moth fretting a garment.

Their fibre of will, conscience and faith is secretly eaten away, and they awake to find they no longer possess the grit and hope for life and abundance.

Your place of struggle is the place of breakthrough, guaranteed.

1 The Bible. New King James Version.

2 Trapp, John. Commentary from Psalms to Songs of Solomon: Volume 3. Kindle Edition, 12 August 2019.

³ Watkinson, Rev. W.L. “Sermons” BiblehubAccessed 13 April 2021. 

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