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.
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,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
What a way to start, huh? Right away upon entering the book of Psalms, we are reminded that we have free will, and that we can choose one of two options in living our lives.
We can choose to walk in the counsel of the wicked. Surely there is enough of that to go around in our world. We can be "of the world" and can mock, and judge, and follow our sinful nature.
We can be "normal", in other words. We can choose the easy, popular path.
We can delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on His law--day and night. If we do that, if we make the hard choice, we will prosper. We will yield fruit and not wither. We will have the Lord watching over us, and we will walk a righteous path.
The Lord tells us later that the righteous path is not necessarily the easy one. As a matter of fact, it's usually not. But in this Psalm, and many, many times elsewhere in the Bible, He promises us that that righteous path is blessed and watched over.
I don't know about you, but I'll take the Big Guy blessing and watching over my path. What a feeling of comfort that image brings!
For many years, Psalm 1 has been used as an instruction to children, and it serves as a wonderful instruction to me, as well. We have a choice, every single day, and there is a clear "instruction manual" that spells out what our choices will bring us.
Today, I choose blessings. I choose fruit. I choose delight, and prospering, and righteousness.
How about you?
What does this Psalm say to you? Are there any Psalms that you feel speak to you more clearly? I invite you to link up with my Study in Psalms below, or just leave me a comment.