Psalm 1:1-3 – “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.” NIV
What a powerful insight into a personal relationship with God we find here in the 1st Psalm. We have insight, instruction, and information that is not only valuable as a teaching tool but as a living example.
THE BLESSED MAN:
- DOES NOT walk in the counsel of the wicked.
- DOES NOT stand in the way of sinners.
- DOES NOT sit in the seat of mockers.
That would be enough if there was nothing else in the passage but there is more and worthy of our consideration.
THE BLESSED MAN:
- DOES make the Law of the Lord or the Word of the Lord his DELIGHT.
- DOES mediate on that Law or Word day and night.
The result is that he becomes like a tree planted by a stream of refreshing life-giving water. He produces fruit in his life in season and he does not succumb to the pressures of life or the heat of temptation. He PROSPERS in “whatever” he does. Why? Not because he is such a special individual and accomplishes it in himself but because of the aforementioned items. It is the things HE DOES NOT DO and the things HE DOES DO that condition his heart and life to the place that God can use him, mold him, and make him into that which God has designed and desired. He is one of whom it can be said, “He/She fulfilled the purposes of God in his/her generation….”
So as you go through your day go with the commitment to live Psalm One on a daily basis! May God be with you as you go through your day and enable you to be a light shining into darkness!