Meditation on Psalm 1 – Paths

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Thoughts On Psalms 1

Today I am taking a look at Psalms 1. This is a very interesting passage of scripture concerning the paths of the righteous and the wicked. We will begin with the text coming out of the NIV (New International Version):

Psalm 1 (New International Version)

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.

4 Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

First, let’s take a look at Psalm 1:1-

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.

We are told that the man (or woman) who avoids the counsel of the wicked (their advice, their opinions, etc.,) is blessed. More specifically, blessed is the person that does not “walk” in the counsel of the wicked. I want to take a look at walk for a second. According to Merriam-Webster, walk is defined as:

“to pursue a course of action or way of life : conduct oneself : behave <walk warily>”

When I take this definition and apply this to the context of the above term “walk”, I come to the conclusion that “blessed is the person that does not pursue a course of action or way of life” according to the counsel (advice, opinion, etc,) given by the wicked. Also, there is more to verse 1. I am also told not to stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. At its basic components I am told not to take or follow the advice of the wicked, not to follow the sinner (cross reference the text above with the Contemporary English Version, it illuminates this passage further), or mock (sneer, pick, etc,). Interesting that this information is given just by reading verse number one!

As we can see in verse number two we are told that he blessed person’s delight is in the law of the Lord. In other words, it is a delight and not a point of bondage, stress, or aggravation. It is something that an individual can and should find enjoyable (if they are the blessed person referenced earlier). Also in verse 2 we find that the blessed person meditates on this law both day and night (meaning always). Your thoughts are upon the Lord! Isn’t that incredible. To always keep the Lord God within your heart treasuring the words He spoke.

This blessed person is compared to “a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (vs. 3). That tree planted by the streams of water has its needs met. Within season this tree also yields its fruit and its leaf does not wither. The blessed person is not only blessed, but is a blessing to others. Fruit is not for the good of the tree, but it is for the good of others (this is why the tree bares fruit). The tree doesn’t eat the fruit, someone else does. A blessed person bears fruit unlike any other. They are givers, cheerful givers who within their season of prosperity shine bright for Christ and do not forget His goodness.

However, on the other side we have the wicked. In verse four we find that their way is not like the righteous. They are compared to chaff (the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain-Merriam Webster). Debris is completely worthless. They are carried away in the season of trial (when the wind blows).

The wicked do not possess the promises of God. They do not have a covenant (agreement, contract) with the Creator. For this reason they will not stand in the judgment (no excuses can be made- CEV), neither will they have a place with the righteous.

According to verse six, the LORD protects the righteous (watches over their way), but the way of the wicked (those that follow wickedness) will perish. Why is this? Because the Lord has His covenant with His people (children). There is much to be found in the agreement between God and man. The blood of Christ is so precious. It’s value cannot be measured by human scales.

As you can see, there is a lot of meat in these passages. I thank you for your patience and reading through until the end. May the Lord bless you in all you do!

Source by Patrick E Barber II

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