My prayer for the year 2009 is that we would all be blessed beyond measure!
The dictionary definition of the word blessed: divinely or supremely favored; fortunate; blissfully happy or contented.
Who wouldn’t want a year full of God’s favor, fortune and to be blissfully happy and vastly contented? Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
But how do we receive these blessings? Is there anything we can do to bring about God’s favor and fortune? Is there a way to live each day in blissful happiness and contentment?
I believe there is and I know where to find the key. The Bible says in Psalm 1 –
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!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.
As a believer I spend time in church each week worshiping and hearing the Word of the Lord. I fellowship regularly with other believers. I listen to Christian messages on the radio, Internet and on CD’s. I read books and devotionals written by Christian authors. However….as I evaluate recent years I have failed to daily delight in and meditate on the Word of God. I have not hungered and thirsted for His Word. I have not loved and longed for His Word. I have simply not made time to read, meditate on and memorize the Bible and make it a top priority in my life.
This year I will be doing just that. No matter what is happening in my life, I will take the time to read the Bible and meditate on its message. Today I will begin a daily reading plan that will result in reading through the entire Bible in one year. (I will be using the daily reading schedule found at Back to the Bible – that gets emailed daily to my in box – but there are lots of great options out there – Crosswalk.com and Walk thru the Bible are two more great resources)
Here’s to a blessed 2009!