1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people. He doesn’t make a habit of doing what sinners do. He doesn’t join those who make fun of the Lord and his law. 2 Instead, he takes delight in the law of the Lord. He thinks about his law day and night. 3 He is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don’t dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well. 4 Sinful people are not like that at all. They are like straw that the wind blows away. 5 When the Lord judges them, their life will come to an end. Sinners won’t have any place among those who are godly. 6 The Lord watches over the lives of those who are godly. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.
Psalm 1 functions as an introduction to the book of Psalms as a whole, establishing the idea of two distinct paths in life: the way of the godly and the way of the wicked. The godly are those who reject evil, who delight in God’s law, and live according to it. God watches over these people, He provides for them, and the result of living in alignment with God’s ways is that what they do prospers and they are fruitful.
In contrast, the wicked are those who do not follow
God’s ways and in the end they will be destroyed. They are compared to the chaff that is blown away by the wind during the winnowing process, in order to leave the useful grain behind.
I can be so easily absorbed in the moment and in accomplishing the tasks of the day that I miss the bigger picture of my life. If I truly desire to prosper, to be fruitful and be used by God to expand His kingdom, then I need to make the day to day choices that set me up to see this happen. Am I rejecting evil in my moment by moment: the bitterness, selfishness and pride that seem to creep up on me? Am I delighting in God’s law: am I reading and chewing on His Word am I developing an appetite for His ways? Am I living according to His Word: is what He says the final word in my life?
Lord, please help me to make the moment by moment choices that will lead me in Your ways. Thank you that as I keep choosing You I will bear fruit, that You will use me to make a difference.
Written by Beth Waugh