A Season of Psalms - Psalm 1:1-4
“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 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.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This classic poem by Robert Frost illustrates the choices that each of us make on a daily basis. When you think about it, whether you’re acutely aware of it or not, we make hundreds of choices every day, from what we wear to what we’ll eat to what we’ll do in our spare time. Life is full of choices.
The psalmist presents two ways to live in Psalm 1. Either you live a life of obedience or a life of faithlessness. Be careful which you choose, because the entire course of your life will be shaped by the path you take. Those who delight in God and choose the path of obedience are like trees planted near the water. Such trees are big and beautiful and fruitful. They will not lack for life as long as they remain connected to their Source.
Not so the wicked. The wicked will blow away like chaff, which is the outer shell of a wheat kernel. When the wheat is crushed, the shell disintegrates and blows away with the wind. A faithless life is like chaff; it drifts along without purpose or direction. Let’s make our delight in the Lord and in His Word, and we’ll never drift along without purpose. If we stay planted in Him, we will be in good hands…in God’s hands!
Further Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8; Matthew 7:13-14
Pray with me:
Father, we commit our lives and our choices to you today, and we pray that you will lead us to life everlasting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.