Psalm 1:1-6 NKJV
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall 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 ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 1:16- Message
How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere wind-blown dust— Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.
Today we do the paraphrase method.
How full and rich is the life of the man or woman who chooses not to journey on the road that does not lead to life. They are intentional in seeking their counsel and direction for their lives from the one who gives life. They refuse the instruction and guidance of those who do what is wrong in God’s eyes, knowing that the unrighteous cannot bring righteous choices to those seeking to live and do right. This man or woman will not walk, stand, or sit in a place that does not glorify God.
They instead choose to sit where they can delight his heart. They look to His Words, and abandon themselves to his law knowing that in doing so they will experience a fullness that can be found nowhere else. They join their hearts with him and make him their full and complete delight.
This full and rich life is firmly planted. Those who capture this and experience it are like a tree planted by streams of water. Their water source is continual, their roots are deep, and they display beauty and majesty. They are fixed and a true picture of divine stability. They live fruitful lives. Lives so rich in the Truth that others can pick the fruit from their lives and be fed, and become rich as well. This man or woman’s life does not dry up. It is continuous and prosperous. Life, full life everywhere.
However, those who choose to live outside of God’s richness and fullness are the complete opposite. The one who rejects truth will find that their choice has come with grave consequences. Their life has no life, no fruit, and in the end will face the judgement of their wrong choice.
God’s eyes see everything. He misses nothing. He will set everything right according to His Righteousness. He makes no mistakes.
This passage is full of life for anyone who wants to apply it. May I find my life applying this word and living in the fruit of its application in my life. May I walk in truth, stand for truth, and sit where truth reigns.