Meditation on Psalm One

“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; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  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.  The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.  Therefore the wicked will 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 wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1)

This is the beginning of the longest book of songs and poetry in the Bible.  Placed in the middle of the Bible, the Book of Psalms is easy to find, and is full of reassuring verses and meditations on the word of God, praising God, and thanking God for His blessings.  Most of the Psalms were written by King David, and some of them reflect different events that happened in his life.

Looking at the notes at the top of some Psalms it is likely that many of them were intended to be sung.  I suspect that many of these Psalms formed what we today would call a hymnbook, for the Jews.  Its interesting to contemplate what they would have sounded like in the Hebrew language, accompanied by a simple stringed instrument.

Lets think about this particular Psalm, and consider what sort of man the Lord blesses.  Someone who does not get his advice in life from the wicked, or sinners.  These are quite harsh terms to use about people – I’m sure many people have friends in their lives who they would not necessarily consider as wicked just because they do not follow the same beliefs as they do, and of course we know that we are all sinners.  The emphasis here seems to be on those people who scoff at God, and do not take His words into account.  If we have a life issue, we should discuss it with a fellow Christian to get the moral perspective of God on our problem, and consider the spiritual aspects of our actions, not just the worldly aspects.

A man who is blessed by the Lord meditates on the Bible day and night!  Taken literally, this is quite an undertaking, and means that a godly personality is  something that few of us may reach, however hard we strive.  If we take a slightly more figurative response to this passage we can say that in every action we do in our lives we must ensure that the results are pleasing to the Lord.  Every action and reaction is considered in the light of what God would have us do, and we bring all things before Him in prayer.  His teaching is in our hearts and this is reflected in our lives.

If you are a Christian, do you prosper in all that you do?  If not, why not?  Psalm One says that you will.  Well, as we have mentioned a one hundred percent godly person is almost an impossibility.  If prosperity is linked to godliness it is no wonder that we all fall short and do not receive the full blessing of God.  However, we can view this instead as future prosperity.  We know that worldly things do not matter, but that in the end, we will achieve God’s kingdom, a prosperity beyond our wildest dreams.  Not only that, whilst life may seem tough at times, we can look back and see God’s hand at work in the decisions we made.

As for the wicked perishing and not prospering, this must surely be a reflecting on those around us who are not interested in following in God’s ways and ultimately will not be part of that glorious kingdom which we all look forward to.

So let our meditation be on God’s word and His law be in our hearts so that we may truly be blessed by Him.


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