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Monday, September 01, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Psalm 1:1-3
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! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 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.
Getting into the Word, especially if you do so with the expectation of meeting with God, helps hook you in with those streams of living water that is the Holy Spirit. People often use the analogy of being filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit. "Why isn't the first filling enough? Because we leak." However, a better analogy is that of the tree. It takes water and uses the hydrogen from the water and the carbon from CO2 from the air, with help from the sun, and creates growth in the plant in the form of hydrocarbons. We grow in the light of the Son and the water of the Holy Spirit. Without that living water, we shrivel up. Perverse thought; my mind turned to Billy Bass singing Take Me to the River. However, somebody else already did a sermon with that in it, so I'm not that perverse.

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