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June 14, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 1-8


Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.


What a way to start a book! Blessed is the man… Is there anyone on the face of the earth that does not desire to be blessed? “Pardon me sir, would you like to be blessed in life or not?” “No, I want the opposite, I want to be cursed.” This conversation would never happen! At least not among those who are in their right mind. Being blessed is a…well it’s a blessing! Everyone wants a blessing.


The book of Psalms sets the tone from the first word of the book; Blessed. But who is blessed? At first one would answer…the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. However, think about this verse.


This verse describes things that the person who is blessed does not do. Walketh not, nor standeth, nor sitteth. These are three things that the blessed person is not, but what are they? What actions do they take which puts them in the place of blessing?


The very next verse tells us: But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. The Law of the LORD is His Word, the Bible. Evidently, God has a law and those who delight in it and meditate in it will be blessed. They walk not in the counsel of the ungodly because they delight in the Law of God. They do not stand in the way of sinners because they delight in the Law of God. They do not sit in the seat of the scornful because they delight in the Law of God. The Law of God is a hedge that keeps them from walking, standing, and sitting in those things that displease the Lord God.


Delighting in the Law of God moves a person toward blessing. Meditating in the Law of the Lord all day long brings about behavior that results in blessings of/in life. Both are a personal decision. One can choose to delight in the Word of God. One can choose to meditate on the Word of God all day. Or they can choose otherwise. One choice brings a blessing, the other brings with it, well, let it be said the other brings with it something less desirable than blessing.


Which do you desire? Blessing or not being blessed. According to the first two verses of the book of Psalms, blessing as a way of life is based upon the decisions one makes about the Law of God. What a way to start a book!


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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