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Choosing a Path: Psalm 1

Choosing a Path: Psalm 1

Psalm 1

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.

Often in life we are faced with a fork in the road. Despite our efforts to stay on a single track, life throws in variety and we are forced to choose a direction. Sometimes our decision determines how long our journey will take. Sometimes our choice is difficult and we have to let somebody down in the process. Regardless, we have to make a decision. 

This beginning Psalm is often classified as a wisdom Psalm, and it most definitely holds that standard up. The Psalms describe life a a journey and a messy one at that. The reason the Psalms seem so relatable to us is because they reveal the raw emotions that people have felt in their relationship with God. In this particular Psalm, those emotions help us steer our lives in the right direction. 

Psalms 1 describes two paths that one can choose. One path leads to life and the other path leads to death. While the right choice seems obvious, most people make the wrong choice. Choose to love God's direction. Choose to meditate on his character daily. Choose life. 

Quick Takeaways

  • Fulfillment in life is found through faithful obedience to God and His Word.
  • We have been warned that falling for the deceptive advice of the wicked leads to instability, worthlessness, and destruction.
  • Believers can live with confidence, knowing that God guarantees His protection to the obedient.
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