To the woman whose husband has deeply wronged her but has returned repentant. You asked the Lord what to do and He told you stay. Your family and friends are scorning your decision and refuse to support you. You know who you are – and this Psalm is for you. I am praying for you.
Psalm 1 (NIV)
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf doe not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”
Psalm 1 (P.JIM)
Happy, successful, accomplished, enviable is the man (woman) who does not get his advice on how to do life from those who do not love God. Those who have no regard for God have lots of ideas about how he should make decisions and are free with direction about “what is fair” and “what makes sense.” Many of these people are “good” people’ but all this counsel comes from a bias, limited, and usually selfish place.
And happy, successful, accomplished, enviable is the man who does not envy the life of sinners; those who ignorantly or intentionally fail to obey God. It is hard enough to stay true to the Lord when the ungodly are telling him what to do; but it will be incredibly harder if he stops to consider and envy their lifestyle.
And happy, successful, accomplished, enviable is the man who does not get so caught up in what the ungodly say and do that he not only says and does the same things, but counsels other to do likewise. If at first he takes his spiritual guidance from unbelievers instead of God, he will gradually begin to live like the world and become entangled in it.
Instead, he delights and ponders on the things God has said. He must meditate and mull over the words of God, for often they seem counterintuitive and backwards, at least compared to what the world says. But doing so sets deep roots in fertile soil that slowly produces a tree that bears much fruit and displays the splendor of God’s glory.
Surely, the weeds grow much more quickly than a tree and even produce pretty flowers. But they will be long gone when the heat of the day withers them and they blow away. Not so the tree whose roots feed on the streams of water.
Things for us all to consider in light of this Psalm:
- Who do we go to in the seasons of life for advice, encouragement and support?
- Who do we spend the most time with?
- Who gets our attention and most influences the way we think and behave?
Blessed in the person who does not listen to man more than God. Be blessed!