Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) — 1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
I love the way the Psalms start. Right here in Psalm 1, in the first three verses, we have the standard by which the Lord wants us to live. I have to admit, this is not always easy. This verse is the single verse which I keep a copy on my desk. It speaks so directly to me in my life. The reason is that my nature is to do the opposite of what the Lord says here. I am a christian, I love the Lord, but I live and work in the world. It is very difficult to have to be in the world and not follow the world.
As I looked at my life, especially the people I work with, I see some of the very behavior the Lord tells us to avoid. It is hard to live and have to deal with people who are ungodly, who think only of themselves, who try to destroy others for their own personal gain. It is a world full of the scornful and ungodly that expects you to behave the same way. But the real problem in the end is that these people are not blessed. They are miserable, hateful, ungodly people who spend their every waking hour trying to get more and more at whatever cost. But the great thing is that the Lord lets me see it. By letting me see the exact behavior He wants me to avoid and by His Spirit making me understand it, it helps me see it for what it is, avoid it in myself, and live in peace in Him. It’s not always easy, but He is always there to correct me and turn me back to the peaceful path.
Most importantly, the Bible says we are blessed when we don’t do these things. Blessed when we don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the path of sinners (follow the path of sinners). When we get direction and hear advice from the ungodly or watch their behavior, we must understand that it is ungodly. I have to weigh everything I hear and see against the counsel of the word of God. That is what it comes down to in the end: the counsel of the ungodly vs the counsel of the Word of God. It really should be a no-brainer to follow the counsel of the Word of God, but what do I hear all the time…the words “Yeah, but”! Yeah, but what!? There should never be a “yeah but” with the word of God. Even if you don’t understand why or think you know better, you must follow the Word. It doesn’t matter your circumstances or what has happened to you, whether you are a man or woman, adult or child, rich or poor, black or white or any other thing, you must follow the Word of God. The result: blessedness, happiness, peace, joy. Otherwise, you are guaranteed to have chaos, bitterness, envy, strife.
So how do we walk correctly? We must know the word of God. Look at verse 2. We delight in the law of the lord and in His law we meditate day and night. That means we are constantly in the word, hearing the word, loving the word. Even if you don’t think you can understand it, just read it. He will bring it to your understanding. Find godly people and discuss the Word from them. Find a Bible teaching church and sit under good sound teaching. Simply think about His word day and night…all the time, every minute. Be in the Word!
If you do, you will be like a tree planted by rivers of water. You will be abundantly fed and from that abundant feeding, you will bear much fruit. You will never falter and everything you do (because you are doing it for and in the Lord) will prosper.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Psalm 26-31
- Day 2 – Psalm 32-35
- Day 3 – Psalm 36-39
- Day 4 – Psalms 40-45
- Day 5 – Psalms 46-50
- Day 6 – Psalms 51-57
- Day 7 – Psalms 58-65