“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.” Psalm 1:1-2
For those who may be wondering, I have no real plan regarding how I proceed through the various books of the Bible; when I complete one to my satisfaction I select the next one. It’s now time to choose another book and I’ve decided to not continue right away with another book detailing the story of Israel’s journey from Egypt to Canaan. Instead I’ll cover a section of the book of Psalms.
Many don’t know, and, in fact, I just learned, that the book of Psalms is internally divided into five sections with each section ending with a psalm of benediction or blessing. For this next chapter of devotional posts I’ll be covering the first section, chapters one through forty-one.
Psalm one became one of my favorite Psalms early in my sophomore year at Cedar Lake Academy. My roommate, Dan Hubbard, and I decided that we would memorize all the one hundred and fifty Psalms that year and started with chapter one. Our dedication only lasted through chapter two but it was enough to cement a lasting appreciation for the six short verses that begin the longest book of the Bible.
Psalm one begins by declaring a man blessed if he refuses to walk, stand, or sit in the company of influences that might tempt him to sin, instead choosing to make the law of the Lord his delight and meditation.
It’s really a simple formula, guard yourself from evil influences and fill your mind with the wisdom of God. If you’ll do this the psalmist promises that you’ll spiritually be like a well watered tree: fruitful, beautiful, and prosperous.
The ungodly, those that place themselves where temptations abound, and neglect to nourish themselves with the word of God, will be as vulnerable and weak as chaff, and unable to stand in the judgment or in the company of the righteous.
What makes the righteous strong? The Lord knows them; he knows their ways. That’s the real secret to being godly, to know and be known by God.
How do you get to know him? Seek for him. Ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit. Daily spend time in prayerful meditation on his word. Guard yourself, and ask for God to guard you, from influences that would come between you and your Heavenly Father. It’s dedication to these simple things that give spiritual strength and prosperity.