1Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. 4The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The man who does not do what the wicked do is not a lonely, desperate, recluse. He is a happy man. Going God’s way and doing God’s will and heeding God’s Word does not produce misery. The man in this Psalm takes great delight in the Law of the Lord. It is his happiness. This does not mean that the man is never sad. But it does mean that the Word of God is a tonic to the soul. It gives hope in the midst of despair, joy in the midst of sorrow, strength in the midst of weakness.
Because of his meditation and delight in the Law of God this man is strong, like a well watered, and well rooted tree. How many Christians today are accurately described in this way? There is no reason why they cannot be. We are full of reasons, explanations and excuses as to why we are neurotic, depressed, anxious. We excuse our worry, our anger, our lack of joy. We think that in our case such things are acceptable.
We should not believe that the man of Psalm 1 had no issues, or no reasons to be depressed, worried, reclusive. He most likely did. Those problems would have bothered him. But they could not take away his delight in the Word of God. And they would not destroy the benefits he received from time spent in the Word, God speaking to Him.
The Scriptures can be greatly mishandled, misinterpreted, abused and misunderstood. We need to take great care in handling them properly (II Timothy 2:15). And the reason we should is because they are such a treasure to the heart and such a benefit to the soul.
Today, examine your schedule and alter it for the purpose of spending time alone with God in the Book He has preserved for us. It will be time well spent.