June 27, 2022

Psalm 1 (HCSB)
The Two Ways

1 How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.

Mark Jenkins
 Psalm means praise. Praise and prayers to Yahweh, the God of Israel…this Book was vital to worship then and should be vital to our worship today. This book describing two ways…happiness vs. ruin. Who reading this does not want happiness, especially if the alternative is ruin? Happiness does not mean everything goes our way, or that we are on top of the world…it’s a state of mind. Happiness, described in Psalm 1 is joy and satisfaction in our circumstances. Choosing to follow God does not equal “from this point on my life is going to be wonderful,” but “from this point on, I am His.” From this point on, I want to know what God has for me. From this point on, I trust that He has me in the palm of His hand…regardless of how the wind blows, I am His and take comfort in knowing that He’ll never leave or forsake me.    When I read these words, I think of Job…. From the world’s view he went from having “with everything” to “nothing.” BUT, Job knew that God is in control and that although things in this life had taken a turn, God is in control. Do we live that way?

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