1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Ah, the beginning. Sometimes people think that the Psalms were gathered and thrown together, much like a worship folder. But it is not true. It was carefully formed much as a purposeful worship service (it would be the longest worship service ever, unless your Catholic, or Quaker perhaps).
So why is this the first verse? It sets the tone for a worshipful life. It’s a compare and contrast (you’ll see this a lot in Hebrew Poetry) of what it’s like to live as God commands, and what it’s like to reject it. God set out a right way a living. My favorite worship leader (David Crowder) calls it Eden Living. If we lived this way in Eden and didn’t fall we would receive the blessings from God that we want. We didn’t and now we HAVE to choose between Eden Living and living for the world. The problem is a lot of time has past since humans ever laid eyes on Eden, much less lived in it and in that style of life. This is a challenge and guide. Will you live up to challenge?
1. Go back and re-read the Psalm again. Be honest with yourself, which person are you, the one practicing Eden Living? Or the other?
2. Why do you think that God set up a proper way to live?
3. How can this Psalm help you to better worship God?
If you want to reply to this post by answering the questions feel free, if you have questions or comments let me know.