Psalm 1 (NRSV)
1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; 2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
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 watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1, An Introduction
For Wellshire’s exploration, we thought there was no better place to start than Psalm 1. Psalm 1 serves as an introduction to the Psalms and celebrates the saving presence of God. Psalm 1 teaches that happiness and well-being come from meditating on the law, day and night.
As followers of Jesus, we can learn that an orientation towards God’s purpose will bring us closer to Christ. Developing prayerful habits through perseverance and patience will lead to abundant life regardless of whatever season of life you find yourself in. Additionally, the Psalms may be able to give us words we are not able to articulate ourselves.
There is a clear distinction between those in Israel “who conform to God’s purpose and those who ignore those purposes and disrupt the order.” (Brueggemann, 1984). The Psalm likens those who follow God’s instructions to “a tree planted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.” (The Message of Psalms. E. Peterson, 1994)
As I look out the window to the blossoming trees this spring, I wonder how I can better mediate on the “law of the Lord” to bear abundant fruit.
- How do you mediate on “the law of the Lord”?
- How are your roots fed by the streams of water?
Closing Prayer: God, lead us into the path of righteousness so our lives will bear much fruit. Amen.