What was the last thing you underestimated? I probably underestimate things several times a day. Sometimes it turns out funny…or unbelievable, or others times it can get a little sketchy. I’ve underestimated many things…even scripture.
Yep. You heard it right. The preacher just told you he has underestimated scripture before.
And one of the more notable places is the psalms. Honestly, I probably wrote them off for the first 30 years of my life. I just didn’t think they were interesting enough. No swords or chariots. No wild stories. No weird stories. None of my usual interesting stuff.
That all changed a few years ago when I realized the psalms were the prayer book for God’s people. And I began praying through the psalms. It was then I realized I had been underestimating the largest book in the bible.
What have you underestimated?
This is a story of underestimating. Two different groups of people. One of them decided to cast off things because they simply didn’t seem important enough. The other realized the power of the long game. They were will to wait it out and see what happens.
The Two Ways (Psalms 1)
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.
This week we are opening up the first psalm, the one that starts the whole thing off. Let’s stop underestimating together.