Inspirational Address / Sermon and Bible Reading by Helen Croucher
Sunday 7th June 2015
Today's Bible reading is from Old Testament, Book of Psalms, Psalm 1, Verses 1- 4
The text is taken from New King James Version Bible:
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly.
Bible Reading: Psalm 1, Verses 1- 4
v.1 - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
v.2 - But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
v.3 - 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.
v.4 - The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
This psalm is my favourite. In four short verses it paints a picture of how we should all live in this world with a view to strengthening our spirituality.
The use of metaphors is always a wonderful way to get a message across and this is shown to us in the bible on quite a few occasions. The saying, a picture is worth a thousand words is certainly true in the context of these verses. The picture of the powerful tree anchored by a strong root system, staying solid and strong through storms and being fortified by a stream of water and bearing fruit in season is how we need to be in the world.
The advice in this psalm is about following God's law - the Commandments. As we know they are basically about relationships. Relationship with God, ourselves and others. When we tease this out further we are looking at right action and right thinking. Of course right thinking and right action go hand in hand.
The further advice here is to meditate, and we can include the power of prayer as part of this. This connects us with the divine power just as the water feeds the tree (water represents spirit) we are fed high vibrational energy from the source (God) when we create a space to meditate.
Walking through life on the journey we planned to have before incarnating is supported through following the advice of right thinking, right action, prayer and meditation. Why wouldn't we follow this advice when it provides such a strong support for us along the way. Like the tree we can become very resilient and when the inevitable storms of life hit us and they will, we can sail through them more easily than would otherwise be the case. In other words we are not thrown around like a piece of chaff (dried straw) without an anchor or support.
We have all agreed to be here to take this journey to learn more about ourselves and to evolve spiritually and as we learn our lessons in this school of hard knocks, we are just like this wonderful tree in the psalm acquiring fruit in season at the right time. Our fruit comes forth in the form of virtues developed through effort and trials and it cannot be taken away. It goes with us when our journey here is ended, hard fought and hard won. These virtues like kindness, gentleness, compassion, courage, trust, awe and I am sure you can think of many more, are eternal for us.
So are you going to exist in this world as a powerful tree as in the psalm or a piece of chaff. When only a small percentage of the people living in the world clean up their act by following the rules in this psalm with continuous concerted effort we come closer to creating critical mass. That is when five per cent of the population become awakened human beings then the level of consciousness on this planet will be transformed, which is seriously needed at this point in time. So heed the advice in this psalm, set a good example and work towards creating Heaven on Earth for yourself which will also go a long way to helping others find this too.