My friend Wayne is a man of great faith and perception. He has chosen Psalm 1 to have in his mind each day. I love Psalm 1 and there is a song called ‘Blessed is the Man’ which is based on Psalm 1 which I love to sing. Here is Psalm 1 in the Message translation. It loses the poetry of other translations but paints a clear picture of the man/woman God want each of us to be.
How well God must like you—
you don’t walk in the ruts of those blind-as-bats,
you don’t stand with the good-for-nothings,
you don’t take your seat among the know-it-alls.
2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
Do these first 3 verses look and sound like you? Do you seek to reject the ways of the world and delight on God’s Word? Is Bible study a priority in your life? What does the fruit of your faith look like?
4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked,
who are mere windblown dust—
Without defense in court,
unfit company for innocent people. We should be able to easily see the difference between one who walks with Jesus and one who is worldly. Is this difference evident in your life?
6 God charts the road you take.
The road they take leads to nowhere. This last verse is so telling. Going with God, walking His pathway in life leads to Him- somewhere important and purposeful, somewhere we can commune with God and serve Him and His pathway leads to eternity. As they say the road to destruction is wide and as the psalmist reminds us- it lead to nowhere!
Thanks Wayne for the reminder from Psalm 1 that His way is the road to a life that is pleasing to God and fruitful for us.