Jim Langley: As easy as 1-2-3! | Housing & lifestyle


Life is not easy! In fact, it can be downright difficult.

We all naturally ask difficult questions that are not easy to answer. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have answers to these puzzling questions?

Well, here is a bold proclamation. Everything can be as simple as 1-2-3! Just bring your Heavenly Father into the equation.

The 1-2-3 I am referring to are found in the Book of Psalms and consist of the first three short psalms / songs introduced in God’s Word. These three succinct offerings comprise only six, twelve and eight verses.

Amazingly, these 26 verses can bring great comfort to believers as we go through this journey called life. These texts may not answer the “why” of life. but they can certainly help us to grasp the complexity of our Creator and to see life from a new perspective.

Let’s look at each psalm individually.

Psalm 1 presents two men, two ways, and two destinies. The first three verses represent the obedient follower of the Lord who does not walk in the ways of the wicked.

In verse 3 we read: “It is like a tree planted by watercourses, which bears its fruit in due time and whose leaves do not wither. Whatever he does thrives. “

The last three verses represent the disobedient (malicious, self-centered) person who is only interested in himself and does not care in the least about God or anyone else.

In verse 6 we read: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will pass away.”

In summary, this short song tells us that God is pleased with those who walk in His ways and constantly blesses them, and He is immensely unhappy with those who only care for themselves and lead a life of indulgence.

The coming of the Anointed One, the only Son of God, is presented to us in the 12 verses of Psalm 2.

This psalm warns those in positions of authority. You need to recognize who put them in these positions of responsibility and understand that they can be removed in no time. Jesus will eventually rule over the earth with an “iron scepter” and we would all be well advised to fear and trust him alone.

The last two verses say: “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son so that he does not get angry and you are not destroyed on your way, because his anger can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who seek refuge in him. “

Jesus is not just the sweet, loving Shepherd who is often depicted. He will be ruler over everything in the New Heaven and on earth. He deserves our respect and devotion, and we must fear for those who choose to camp with the enemy.

Psalm 3 is a short morning song written by King David during a great time of contention in his later life.

His son Absalom, whom David loved very much, tried to remove his father from the throne so that he could rule over Israel. Absalom was evil in his desires, but loved by his father.

Let us first return to 1 Samuel 13:14, where God reveals that David, a man after God’s heart, would be chosen, anointed, and eventually replace Saul as King of Israel. For most of his life, David stayed very close to his Heavenly Father.

In my opinion, this psalm was placed here to remind us to stay near the Holy Spirit at all times while He encourages us and watches over us.

Please listen carefully to verses 3 to 5: “But you are a shield around me. O Lord. I cry out loud to the Lord and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake up again because the Lord supports me. “

Can you feel David’s deep devotion and trust in his deliverer?

There is a caveat. In order for these words to permeate your heart and mind and soul, you must first know and trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord. In other words, you must turn away from your selfish desires and give Him your life today.

Once you do this, you will find that it is “as easy as 1-2-3”!

Passages for thought

»2 Samuel 23: 1-5

“Ephesians 5: 19-20

“Colossians 3: 15-16

»John 17: 20-21

– Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while serving as a life and health insurance broker in Santa Barbara. In recent years his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. A long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing fourth quarter columns in 2014 and is now reaching an international audience through CBMC International Devotional Monday Manna. He can be reached at [email protected] for more informations. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.