Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 1
Blessed is the One
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.
The entire Psalter is opened with these six verses. It is a Psalm of contrast. Verses 1-3 describe the “Blessed One,” while verses 4-6 describe the “wicked.” Here are some simple observations as I read this afresh today and offer my brothers and sisters in Christ some encouragement for the day.
1. The Progression of Sin: Walk, Stand, Sit
Temptation comes to us as we live our lives… the Enemy attempts to garner our attention. “Hey! Look! Over here!” He’s wanting to divert our path. If he succeeds in getting our attention, our walk might become a stand. Uh oh. Now we’re listening to the enemy. We’re contemplating the wrong path, the deadly choice. And if we stand but for a moment in the way that sinners take, we will soon find ourselves sitting. Walk…stand…sit. We’ve slowed to stuck. Caught. It’s a trap! This is what the enemy of our faith wants us to do. Consider today: Where are you walking? Where are you standing? Where are you sitting? What company and content characterizes your life?
2. The Delight of the Righteous: The Word of God
The heart of the righteous delights in the Word of God and that which pleases the Lord. It occupies the mind and heart. He mediates on it day and night. Ultimately, Psalm 1 is describing Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment and fulfillment of the Righteous One of the Psalms who worships, trusts, & walks with God. In Christ, we too can share in His life and the promises of the blessed life. Not a life without trouble, but a life delighting in God. For the believer in Christ, His passions become our passions. May we become people who delight in the word of God and meditate on it day and night. Take note brother! “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” Remember sister! “A Bible that is falling apart is owned by a person whose life isn’t.”
3. The Contrasting Metaphor: Tree vs. Chaff
A life that delights in the Word of God becomes strong, refreshed, fruitful, life-giving, and stable. Like a tree planted by streams of water. An awesome picture. Not so the wicked! They are like dry, crusty chaff that the wind blows away. No root. No substance. No anchor. No water. No life. Plant yourself by the stream today as you mediate throughout the day on Psalm 1.
4. The Differing Outcome: Secure vs. Destroyed
Apart from Jesus, our lives are a mess, doomed for destruction. But because Jesus lived the righteous life in our place, and died a substitutionary death in our place and for our sin… we can be rescued and redeemed and welcomed into the security of relationship with God the Father. Knowing you’re loved and secure in Christ makes a MASSIVE difference. Not only for eternity but also in our daily lives… knowing that the Lord is watching over us, even now, can fuel great comfort and hope in our hearts today.