1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1)

How clearly and simply the character of the happy, blessed man is described, negatively, positively and in contrast. There are three things that he will not do; he will not take counsel with the ungodly; he will not stand in the way, communing with sinners; and he will not sit in the seat, or assembly or house of the scorner. Positively he delights in God’s Word; he not only reads, but meditates in it by day and night; he is so close to the living water, that his soul is kept fruitful and fresh; and he prospers in all his ways.

In contrast with all this, are the ungodly, who are carried away like chaff in the wind, and how will they not be able to stand in the judgment or even participate with the gathering of the righteous? God Himself observes the two choices, the way which few find and the way on which many walk.

This Psalm placed at the beginning of the entire book is a solemn call to the reader of the Book, as they begin, to examine themselves and see how they stand before God.The distinction here is not between rich and poor, or happy and miserable, it is between Sin and Godliness, between the Sinner and the Servant of God. It is simple in its message; that to be aligned with God is to be blessed, but to be opposed to Him is to end in ruin. This opening psalm offers blessing to one and the other shall have nothing. 

Happy is the person who knows that all is right between themselves and God. It is healthy to allow God’s Word to wash and cleanse us constantly as we meditate on it. We encourage you to regularly meditate on God’s Word and allow Him to speak to you, then record it in your journal and pray the Scriptures, inserting your name into the verse and thus be able to personalize God’s Word.

Roy Holmquist - NWFC Senior Pastor

* Extracted from our March 18th, 2018 Sunday Worship Bulletin.