July 3, Psalm 1

Written by Art Herron

“How well God must like you” begins verse 1. Then we see a listing of attitudes that are not appealing to God.

            You hang out at sinful places…
            You go down dead-end roads seeking glory…
            You make fun of others…

Look at the contrast in verse 2. Instead he points to those attributes pleasing to God.

            You study and read Scripture daily…
            You revere it and it’s truth becomes a way of life…

The admonishment is found in verse 3.  It makes one think of a fruitful apple tree located near a stream of water which replenishes itself daily.

I like The Message version interpretation which states, “You are not like the wicked who are mere windblown dust…” After admonishing the wicked further, David says, “God watches the road you take.”

Wouldn’t be great if our life was this simple? Unfortunately for us, like it was for “David,” life is not quite that simple. Our time before God’s presence is not filled with all the “right answers” or the “perfectly lived life.” Therefore, the Psalmist directs us to see that “God gives a fantastic roadmap” to follow. If we get distracted on our journey and take the wrong way, don’t fret, just go back to the roadmap and follow God’s directions.

It’s comforting and encouraging to me in my walk with God to know He is aware we have to make choices on our journey through life. Do we go this way or that way? The reality that we always have a “map to follow” is just the first step on our journey. Remember God loved us into being.

Now that we have the “roadmap” to a meaningful walk with God, let’s hold on to the roadmap for our self and others.

PSALM 1 The Message

1.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

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, that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

4.The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.

5.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6. for the Lord knows the way of The righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

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