Thursday, March 15, 2012

Psalm 1

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The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly


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;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
(Psalm 1:1-6 NKJV)

I love the way the book of Psalms starts out, it pretty much sums everything up, doesn’t it? It all boils down to either following the way of God, or the way of the world. I believe the key word in this Psalm is “delight.” What is it that one chooses to delight in? 

I remember a year or so ago talking with someone who was not a Christian. This woman was being tossed to and fro by the world, not knowing which way to go. I told her to go pick up the Bible and read Psalm 1, it has all your answers. But “oh no,” she said. “No way am I reading that.” I said, “It will not even take a minute to read, and it has all your answers.” But no way she would pick up the Bible and just read this little bit. 

When we delight in the things of God, the Christian life is not a burden filled with a whole lot of religious rituals to perform, but an awesome walk with God. We go to bed at night knowing, as the song goes, “all is well with my soul,” and today my life counted for something of eternal value. Lord, help me and all my readers to “delight” in your Word and all things of God that we may grow stronger and stronger and bear much fruit for your namesake.