Thursday, June 1, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 June 1

 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalms 1:1-6)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the poems that my sixth grade teacher made us learn and memorize, was a poem by Samuel Walter Foss entitled, “The House by The Side of the Road.”  Little did I know back then that I would recite this poem at my military retirement some 35 years later.  I was told that as I was reciting it, that many in the crowd that day were crying.  The second stanza of the poem states, “Let me live in a house by the side of the road, where the race of men go by, the men who are good and the men who are bad, as good and as bad as I.  I would not sit in the scorner’s seat, or hurl the cynic’s ban; let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”  The seat which the scornful usually occupy are the places where such men converse and sit together such as in a ballroom, or in a “night club,” or where wicked men hold their meetings, or are accustomed to assembling.  David said that the man who does not sit in such a seat but mediates in the law would be blessed.  What seat are you occupying?  If you sit by the side of the road and be a friend to man, you may save someone’s soul.

Sing: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.  What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.

Thought For Today:  Be a friend to man and you may save someone’s soul.

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