Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
The Two Ways
1 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;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 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.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Whenever I read Psalm 1, my first thought is my father’s funeral. Perhaps that is even more the case on Father’s Day. I was sixteen years old and one of the youth choirs I sang in, the Madrigal Singers of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, sang a setting of this Psalm. I can still sing it after all these years: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.”
It is a powerful image: to delight in the teaching of our faith, to think about it, to meditate on it whatever you or doing or wherever you go—day or night—is to be rooted and nourished like a tree that is planted by a river. To be rooted and grounded in that way is then to have a fruitful life. As Jim Moore, our pastor, preached the funeral he came back to that theme of what makes a grounded and fruitful life.
What does a grounded and fruitful life look like for you?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster