THOUGHTS

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Psalm 1

The Ever Present Choice of Direction!

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly!

There is not much that can be offered in the way of introduction, except to know that the majority of the Psalms in the first book were written by David. The subsequent absence of his name in association with this Psalm, may indicate its true importance. It has been placed first in the Book, as it establishes an important precedence to the attitude necessary to truly appreciate and use correctly everything to follow!

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;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 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.

Blessed is the man: The Psalm begins with a beatitude, or a ‘happy are you’. A unique but not unprecedented beginning, as much of the inspired word of God is designated to orientate men to the best possible scenario.

I have heard all my life that the prohibitions mentioned in the word of God are too difficult in order to enjoy life, or debilitating to a free lifestyle.

In fact, the word of God, given by man’s Creator in order to know the best possible existence in this worldly life, has always taught that a life where certain prohibitions exist, is the life with the most liberty, joy, and hope!

Sinners: This Psalm demands a recognition between the two obvious choices before all mankind. From Genesis to Revelation, God’s word has always expressed this. In the word of our Lord, while here on earth, as well as in the words of His Apostles, this is made known in such illustrations as:

Sheep and goats; wise and foolish virgins; builders on rock or sand, faithful and wicked servants, those on the right or left, wheat or tares, wheat and chaff, doers of good and doers of evil, fruitful or unfruitful trees, etc…

His Delight: This is established to forever set in stone that the one who chooses to come to God (the blessed man); desire with all their heart the glory God has determined for them.

With a heart trained to desire the glory of God, it should be a natural response to meditate within the revelation given to provide it! This earmark of the true servant of God is additionally why it is so very difficult for many to establish themselves as true servants.  It is manifestly impossible for one who spends five times as much time every day reading of current affairs (News Papers, magazines, etc…) as he spends reading God’s revelation to fulfill this. Likewise, ten times more time watching TV, or on the computer (these are gracious comparisons in most cases).

Our adversary is making a lot of noise in midst of our meditation and makes it increasingly difficult to concentrate, if we allow it to continue!

A Tree: In order to be successful in this great meditation, we must become planted with deep roots; which in turn allows us to drink deep the blessed word of God. This discipline in turn brings forth the resulted fruit, strength, and blessing that is the best possible scenario for this life.

4The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall 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 ungodly shall perish.

Chaff: This is a simile used often in scripture, and is always associated with that which is useless. In this case, specifically, it is directed at the worst possible course chosen and walked. This choice makes this individual chaff before his Creator; therefore in the inevitable day he meets His maker, there will be no outcome that has any semblance of hope.

The Lord Knows: This is additionally something that scripture refers to often. The Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy would express this concerning Christians as well, note:

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.””

At the end of our day, it is not going to matter what we say (Matthew 7:21), what we wear around our neck, or have tattooed on our arms that is going to matter. What is going to matter, is what direction we have chosen to demonstrate in our lives!

To this end, if we have truly chosen to willfully seek the glory of God, we had additionally better be engaged day and night in the tools given to find it!!!

Pick the Best Path, and Fight to Stay On It!