Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Just Wanna Be Successful

Psalm 1
BOOK I: Psalms 1-41
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

I want the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes
I suppose
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

Drake and Trey Songz have an anthem for the young 20 Something’s that speak to the superficial strivings of many young Americans. Like many young rappers of their generation and even before them, they speak of the material trappings of “success” but in this particular song there is almost a somber undertone of confusion that these material assets can’t really bring you happiness….I suppose.

Success is not what we put on; it is what we put in. Success is when you are happy or blessed with a life that is prosperous.

Another young man wrote a song about Success, his name was David. He started out as a shepherd boy and eventually became one of the most powerful kings in History! (Talking about Success!) He was knows as having a heart for God. The women even wrote a song about young Dreezy….I mean young David. “Saul has Killed his thousands but David his Tens of Thousands.” If David was a successful recording artists as he was a warrior he would have been Platinum.

David was kind enough to leave us steps to being successful, but he starts out telling us how not to go about success.

1. Blessed is the man who does NOT walk in the counsel of the ungodly. In this early stage a person is walking or browsing for advice with the wrong crowd. David admonishes us not to walk amongst the wicked. Make sure you are browsing in the right crowd.

2. Nor stand in the path of sinners. Notice he went from walking to standing. Now the person is no longer moving but idle because they are listening to the wrong people.

3. Nor sit in the seat of the scornful, that is in the seat of people who just sit around talking about people. As a result of joining the wrong inner circle this person has become stagnant and sitting with the wrong crowd. These three steps are a digression toward stagnation instead of steps toward success. The key to success is in the next verse:

But His (the blessed man/woman) delight is in the word of God and in his law he meditates both day and night and (he will be successful) he shall be like a tree planted by the Rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf will not wither. Whatever he does he/she shall prosper. I just wanna be successful! When God’s hand is on you and you are prospering just as your soul is prospering that is Success!

Dear God, I just wanna be successful. I want to be pleasing to you. Help me to put more emphasis on what I put in than what I put on. Give me the wisdom, courage, and discipline to step away from people who are bringing me down. My delight is in your Word. Plant me by the rivers of water so that I will produce in my season and whatever I do for you it will prosper. I just wanna be successful!

In Jesus Name!

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