Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Characteristics of a Godly Person (Part 3 of 3)

Today is our final look at the Characteristics of a Godly Person using Psalm 1:1-3 as a guide. We have already explored the first two verses so now we will jump on the last verse.

Psalm 3:3 states: "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 New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ps 1:3.]

This is an interesting verse to compare the characteristics of a Godly person against. We have to remember up to this point that the characteristics of a Godly person included following God's ways and desiring time in God's Word. Now, verse three illustrates the result of the first two verses. This person shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. He shall bring forth fruit in his season and he shall prosper.

A person who desires God's Will and Word for his life, the Bible says, shall be prosperous. Whatever he does (because his desire is God's desire) shall prosper. Keep in mind here that the prosperous part is directly related to a life overflowing with God's desire. God, therefore, will grant the desires and actions of a godly man because he is controlled by God's law. So, if a person studies and meditates on God's Word he should have godly actions. Those actions will prosper because it is what God wanted to begin with.

It is always exciting that God gives us the standard where we can measure ourselves against. Are we prosperous as a result from following God and His Word?

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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