Daily Devotional for Feb. 26, 2008 : Psalm 1

Posted: February 26, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Devotional, Psalms
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Psalm 1:1-6 (English Standard Version)

(1)  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;

(2)  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

(3)  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

(4)  The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

(5)  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

(6)  for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

What a great way to start the book of Psalms. This is called a beatitude, which is a statement about life. It is not a prayer or a psalm, but a word of wisdom.

You will find two types of people in this Psalm and you belong to one of these two groups. You either walk in the path of the righteousness or the wicked. Notice the comfort level of walking the wicked path: walking, standing, and then sitting. The more you hang with the wicked, the more at home you will feel and eventually just camp out and sit down.

If you are reading this right now, then I commend you because the righteous meditate day and night on God’s word. There is a promise for the person who soaks in the water of God’s word –you will become a strong tree, bearing fruit. The wicked are called dry chaff, which will be blown away. Jesus told a parable about building our house on the rock and not the sand. It is important what our life is built upon. We need nutrients and strength, which can only come from the author of life, God Himself.

We are told that the wicked will not be able to stand in the day of judgment. They will be blown away. Will you be blown away or do you have strong roots?

The last verse says that the Lord “knows” the righteous, but that the wicked will perish. What is so special about this “knowing”? After all, doesn’t the Lord also “know” about the wicked? Another version (NLT) says that the Lord “watches over” the righteous. I think this version get closer to the real meaning, but still falls a little short. Sometimes when you read through older English, you will notice that sexual relations are mentioned as a “knowing” act. For example, one may read that Adam “knew” Eve. This doesn’t mean that Adam was mindful of who Eve was, but rather that he loved her intimately.

The last verse in this psalm is basically telling us that the Lord “knows=loves intimately” the righteous. The wicked aren’t loved and will perish, or be destroyed. Take a moment to thank God for His love towards us.

1Jn 4:9-10

(9)  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

(10)  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

God loves you through Jesus so that you might live through Him!!!

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