Psalm 1

Psalm 1 begins with a description of what a blessed man looks like.  Blessed translates the Hebrew word “esher,” which has the idea of happiness or contentment.  The writer tells us three things that a blessed man does not do.  There is a way he will not walk, a path he will not stand in, and a seat he will not sit in. “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”.  They are:

  • Does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
  • Does not stand in the way of sinners
  • Does not sit in the seat of scoffers

We can say these speak of thinking, behaving, and belonging. The righteous man and the ungodly man are different in how they think, how they behave, and to whom they belong.  A blessed man knows how to discern the wicked, realizes it can come from within himself, and also knows where to seek godly counsel.  A blessed man also is not traveling in the same direction as sinners, thus will not stand on the same road.  Nor will he criticize the people of God and the things of God.  These three things are incompatible with being a blessed man of God.

The writer goes on to say what this blessed man is all about.  “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night”.  The secret of living as a blessed man?  God’s Word and delighting in Him.  If a person delights in something, you don’t have to beg them to do it or to like it. They will do it all by themselves. You can measure your delight for the word of God by how much you hunger for it.  Are you spending time with God and His Word?

What’s the outcome of living this blessed life?  “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”.  A tree by a river has a continual source of water. The life of the righteous man is marked by strength and stability.  There are no barren trees in God’s orchard – God brings forth something good and wonderful out of everything.  It doesn’t mean you’ll be rich but it does mean you’ll bear fruit and God will bless you indeed.  God knows His blessed people – “the Lord knows the way of the righteous”.  Are you one of them?

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