1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Welcome to this first blog post specifically aimed at those working or volunteering in a Group. What you do is so vital to the work of Scripture Union Scotland (and the kingdom of God!) and as a schools’ worker I want to do everything I can to support and encourage you in your role. Our vision is to see the children and young people of Scotland exploring the Bible and responding to the significance of Jesus. The writer of this Psalm realised the impact that being soaked in God’s word had on his life – likening it to being a tree planted by streams of water. A tree such as that has everything in needs for growth and fruit-bearing. When we are immersed in God’s word; when we let our hearts marinade in his truth; when we let his words feed and sustain us, we’ll see growth and fruit in ways we never dreamed of. Yet it’s so easy to let our regular time in the word slip out of our schedules on the busy days or simply become a ticked box on our to-do list. The writer of Hebrews understood that the word of God is living and active, it somehow gets right to the centre of who we are and starts the journey of transformation as the Holy Spirit works in us. This is why we long to see every young (and older!) person in Scotland engaged with this amazing book and the One who inspired every word of it!
Questions for thought and discussion…
- How are you letting the Bible shape you every day as a follower of Jesus?
- How are you using God’s word in your work with young people?