We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
The Way of the Righteous
1Blessed 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; 2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he mediates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
Psalm 1 has been used through time to point the way to a blessed life and to warn of impending dangers of divine judgment to the wayward. Blessed speaks of the blissful, happy, joyful life that is controlled, not by circumstances, but by the inner strength of our Creator.
The Psalm stands as a faithful doorkeeper, confronting those who would be in “the congregation of the righteous.” The Psalms resonate with the seven characteristics of James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
If you enjoyed the Psalm 1 passage, you should take time to read the closest parable from Jeremiah, the prophet, in Jeremiah 17:5-8. God wants to bless His people and direct them into a life of faithfulness and fruitfulness. Then we can be not only recipients, but channels, of God’s blessings. God blesses us in order to make us a blessing to others.
Psalm 1 reminds us that there is a narrow road and a broad road. Take note at the triplets in verse 1: walks, stands and sits; counsel, path, seat; and then ungodly, sinners, scornful. Remember there are no blow-outs in the Christian life, only slow leaks.
Taking heed of these truths will lead you into right principles, right practices, and right partnerships. Follow these truths and be blessed.
In this New Year take stock of these truths, and follow them, and you will be blessed.