Rooted in the Scriptures, Psalm 1:1-3

Rooted in the Scriptures, Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3 (ESV)

Dear HLPC family,

Today being the first, I read Psalm 1 this morning.  I was reminded yet again how Christians can endure difficult seasons or “winters.”  The Psalmist gives us the key–staying rooted in God’s truth, the Scriptures.  We are exhorted to let God’s voice drown out the other voices that clamor for our attention and control.

This fits in well with the exhortation we considered a couple of weeks ago from Hebrews 2:1 to pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  God’s Word has much to say to us in words of comfort and promise.  It’s the certain thing in a time of uncertainty.   May God grant us all grace and desire to be drawn to the Word preached, read, and meditated upon. 

With all that’s piling upon us these days, I plan to take a one-week break from Hebrews and preach on “The Joy Thief” this Sunday as we consider some Biblical perspective on depression.  I think we all could use it.  May God give us all hope in Him and equip us to encourage one another!

Don’t forget, Lord willing, we will worship outdoors this Sunday at 9AM.  Please pray for continued good weather!

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).