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Psalm 1 - Two Ways

November 16, 2020 | by: Gregg Hunter | 1 comments

Posted in: The Psalms

There are two paths set before each of us: the way of the wicked and the way of the blessed. We have all begun down the way of the wicked, and we must choose to walk down the way of the blessed by meditating on the Law of the Lord.

Please Read Psalm 1.

Every person is free to choose his own path, but be careful which one you choose. The way of the wicked is temporary (like chaff that the wind drives away), it seems fun now, but it will not stand in the judgment, and it will ultimately perish. Meanwhile, the way of the blessed is eternally fruitful (v. 3).

How can one choose the way of the blessed? You must have nothing to do with the way of the wicked. Do not walk in it, stand in it, or sit in it (v.1). Don’t flirt with evil, but rather, flee from it; have nothing to do with it.

What choice does this leave us? This entire world is wicked, if we are to avoid all evil, what are we to do? Hide in dark isolation, void from any activity?

NO! The way of the blessed gives us an alternative: delight yourself in the law of the Lord; meditate on it day and night.

This is the wonderful pattern that we see throughout the Psalms: focus on the Word of God!

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul (19:7), sweeter than honey to my mouth (119:103), like silver refined in a furnace (12:6), a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (110:105). The word of the Lord is upright (33:4), it proves true (18:30), it is firmly fixed in the heavens (119:89), and it is worthy of praise (56:4). The word of the Lord tests us (105:19), heals us (107:20), guards us (119:9), strengthens us (119:28), and gives us life (119:107), and hope (130:5). The Word of the Lord is exalted above all things (138:2).

I urge you this day to choose which path you will walk down: the way of the wicked, or the way of the blessed. By the way, not choosing means choosing the path of the wicked—that is the path that we have all started on. It is our default path, and we will naturally walk on it. In order to choose the way of the blessed, you must make the choice to meditate on the Law of the Lord, and delight in the law of the Lord.

If you don’t know where to start, ask God. Ask Him to give you a passion for His Word. Then free yourself from all distractions. Get to a quiet place, turn off your phone, open up the Bible, and pray that God would reveal Himself to you through His Word. 

If you aren’t already on a Bible reading plan, I have one that I like to use and I can give you a copy. Or start reading the Gospel of John, or the Psalms. Don’t try to read the whole thing; just read a little passage and reflect on it. Ask God what it means. Think about how it applies to your life. Meditate on it… and you will be blessed.

1 COMMENTS

Jenny Balzano

Nov 19, 2020

I find that when I am focused on the Law of the Lord and meditate in his word- my days are less stressful and I am more joyful. When I let distractions- my phone, gossip, tv: lead me to the path of the wicked- I am easy to be stressed, angered and agitated. Like any habit in life, we must work hard to be Christlike. Just like trying to lose weight or exercise. It is much easier to just “be”. Go with the flow, eat what you want, do what feels good. Where does that get you? No where- straight to the path of judgement. The devil is deceptive- he delights in your lack of discipline. Stay the coarse- walk with likeminded, Christlike counsel. Meditate. Hide his word in your heart.

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