July 14, 2021
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
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
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will 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 wicked will perish.
Psalm 1 describes the challenge every human being encounters every single day: Am I going to pursue righteousness in all my daily choices, words and actions? Or will I choose the path of the wicked and of self? The Bible declares we all have an innate sense of right and wrong. We may not have all the details correct about which is which (and really, who does?). But if we’re honest, deep down there are very few times when we truly can say we do not know what the “right” choice is, in any situation. The problem is, of course, we often just don’t like the “right” choice!
Psalm 1 does not directly ask the question, but it’s implicit in its six short verses: Which are you going to choose in your life; do you want to be like a healthy, fruitful tree, or like chaff scattering in the wind?
Let’s read Psalm 1 in its entirety today, at least twice. And as we do, let’s ask God to open our eyes to the myriad of choices we will be facing today: choices in our words, our actions, our thoughts, our resources, our time. What is God speaking to you from these verses today, and how might you respond?