Pastor John begins this sermon reflecting on why this message meant so much to him as the country was dealing with a difficult time. Earlier in the week the verdict in the Rodney King trial was announced and there was rioting in several cities across the country.
I would like you to turn to Psalm 1 where we will be taking most of our text and reading this morning. It is one of those messages that I love the most, and one of my favorite. Not because it is an exciting or good message as far its delivery, but because of the life change that the understanding of this Psalm has brought to me.”
So this was challenging message Pastor John was feeling over the weeks leading up to these events. It was gripping at his heart not knowing how to communicate this to us, all the time realizing there was an erosion of principle and morality occurring in society at the time. There was a materialistic thing that had gone past materialism into sensuality in our country until then; but it was not only material, it was pleasure seeking. It was self centered and it was in the very fabric and nature of our society. In this last week we saw this erupt in reaction to wrong.
I still believe His Word is true that says that if my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their sins, I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land. I still believe this is true.”
This Psalm has meant so much to Pastor John, because as a young man God began to speak and breathe life into this as he tried to memorize and get it into his Spirit. Revelation began to come to me because of it.
This is the first of a two part series on the subject of Fruitfulness. The Bible says this process of meditating that brings wisdom and understanding will cause us to prosper in every way. It will suck up through your trunk the juices and the joy the nutrients of what the Word is and what God is. It will cause our leaves to be green, our limbs to be able to handle the winds, and cause fruit to come in its season. It will take the pruning, it will take the testing, and it will stand the test of life. It will grow in wind and when it comes, it will just cause us to move enough to let our roots grow deeper. It won’t turn us over, uproot us and wither us like the rest of the world. It is a process that goes on all the time and doesn’t happen immediately. Fruitfulness is a life style and a life long pursuit.
1Blessed 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,
2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3That 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.
4Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.