Psalm 1 is a great chapter for getting guidance on how we should live. The author spells it out pretty clearly. Let’s take a look at what God says is important when we are looking at how we should live. “Blessed is the man who walks”. We are told how to receive blessing from God. It happens when we are moving – not sitting around or immobile. God expects us to be in motion – to be on the move and walking with Him. We are to walk this way – to do these things – or not do these things as we see here:
- “not in the counsel of the wicked
- nor stands in the way of sinners
- nor sits in the seat of scoffers”
Three things we should not do, or more accurately, three kinds of people we need to avoid.
What should we do? “His delight is in the law of the Lord”. What does it mean to delight in God’s law? Scripture defines that for us this way: “On his law he meditates day and night”. Did you catch that? We are to be focused on God’s truth day and night. Not just when we run out of our own wisdom or get stuck. Not just when we are having a bad day and need some direction. God wants us delighting in His law day and night – all the time.
What will the outcome be when we get this right and we walk with God and delight in His law? Scripture is pretty clear.
- “He is like a tree planted by streams of water
- that yields its fruit in its season
- its leaf does not wither
- In all that he does, he prospers”
That is a pretty cool outcome, isn’t it? We walk with God His way and we become like a tree. We won’t be tossed around but stable and secure. But there is more – we will bear fruit and will remain vibrant as our leaf will not wither. God summarizes it this way – he prospers. How is that for a positive outcome? If we walk well with God, we prosper. Plain and simple, no other result. God wants to bless us that way.
God sees things pretty black and white. And it all comes down to being righteous and walking with Him in His way. “The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish”. It doesn’t get a lot clearer than this. God knows – He is watching and keeping score – and the scoreboard is all about living righteously. If we fail, the opposite is the result – and that is called wickedness. There is nothing in between. We either are walking with God or we aren’t. There is no half way position. God sees this black and white. We need to be sure we walk with Him and are like a tree planed beside streams of living water so we bear fruit!