Psalms is a book of songs, prayers, struggle, and encouragement that deals with just about any area of life you can think about. I find myself reading the Psalms when I don’t know what to read. I read the Psalms when I’m discouraged and need hope, when I’m overwhelmed with emotion, and overwhelmed by the goodness of God.
We know we need to meditate on the Scripture, but there always seems to be something special about turning to a Psalm. The first Psalm in the book was not the first one written, but it sets the road for the rest of the book.
Psalm 1 in the Legacy Standard Bible
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of Yahweh,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not rise in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.”
The first Psalm sets the tone, and shows the way of the life of a believer. It is similar to the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus lays out blessings in ways we would not think of being blessed. So too, the Psalmist says we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of the wicked. At times the counsel of the wicked can seem wise because it relies on men and not God. But, what does the Scripture say? There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.
A righteous man doesn’t follow the way of the sinner, we do not participate in their deeds. A righteous person delights in the law of God and meditates on the Scriptures. When we meditate on the Scriptures, when we live our lives by the Word of God, we are like a tree firmly planted by streams of water. We yield fruit in season, and it does not wither, and whatever we do, we prosper.
These words remind me of Joshua 1:8 NLT “Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
What about those who don’t live by The Word? “They are like chaff which the wind drives away.” God gave us His Word for our good, to help us, instruct us, and guide us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to bring to our remembrance the words of Jesus, and to lead and guide us into all truth.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 LSB “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be equipped, having been thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Scripture is the life bread of the believer, and the Psalms are a wonderful refreshing stream. In the coming days, we will visit the Psalms together, looking at truths, mining nuggets, and being encouraged. Spend time in the Word every day, let it be the light that leads you.
I have no rest, but in a nook, with the book.Thomas `a Kempis