Do you remember walking along a sidewalk and coming to a sign that says,"Watch your step"? Well, the Scriptures remind us in many places to watch our step. Here in Psalm 1 is one of those reminders.
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,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
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...
Let me share some thoughts with you. "Blessed" means fortunate, prosperous, favored, happy, to be envied and much more- get the idea? It's something we really, really want! And it's something God says is readily available to anyone who watches where they walk, where they stand and where they sit - where they choose to put down roots.
And just how do we make those choices? After all, we have been given free will, so we not only get to choose the where, but we also have to accept the consequences of that choice. Read how the psalm continues...
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
So, Psalm 1 also gives us the answer to our question. It's about meditating on the Word of God - developing a lifestyle of using the words of God as a lens through which we see life - how we see Him, our selves, our circumstances and others. Hebrews 4:12-13 highlights the power of His words:
"For the Word that God speaks is alive and active; it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart. No creature has any cover from the sight of God; everything lies naked and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to do."JB Phillips translation.
Next week I would love to continue exploring more on Meditating on His words. So, 'til next week's musing...
“Other books were given for our information,
but the Bible was given for our transformation.”