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Here’s an idea.
by David Hawken
Here’s an idea. Each of us who writes for the Bible Studies (Reflections) page on Facebook does so about once every six weeks. So, if I start today on the Book of Psalms it will take me at least 150 times 6 weeks to get through them, by which time I will be 93 years old. So that’s the challenge:
- to live long enough to complete the task
- to write something about each Psalm that readers will find helpful
- to give glory to God.
We begin with Psalm No.1, using the text of the Revised Standard Version:
Blessed 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;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He 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.
4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
There are two ways to go: God’s way and NOT God’s way. For many this is difficult. We wish there were alternative ways of living, that we could make our own choices, sometimes following biblical teaching, sometimes (do we admit it?) deliberately following the path of evil, but all the while making it our choice.
The Psalmist, recognising who God is and that we have His law, tells that that we must make a decision.
The outcome of each path is so different. If we follow the advice of wicked people, if we do what “sinners” do, if we scoff at God’s law – of course, we wouldn’t do that on purpose, but maybe our private ‘choice’ results, maybe inadvertently, in such scoffing; if that is the path along which we walk, we cannot expect to prosper in the eyes of God.
Such behaviour might bring earthly prosperity, popularity for a while but when our time comes to stand before the Almighty on Judgement Day, we would be like chaff, blown away by the wind. We could not stand before God.
The better path is quite clear – delight in the law of the Lord. How to manage that? By meditating on it day and night; that is, reading it, thinking about its implications, determining to obey it to the best of your ability, trusting in the help of the Holy Spirit. The outcome is a life approved by God, pleasing to Him and pleasing to ourselves. When Jesus said “I have come to give you life, and to have it abundantly” (John 10:10), this what He was talking about. Our lives are rooted properly, bringing out the fruit of the Spirit in us. When the Psalmist says that we prosper, he means that our lives become complete: “I shall not want” (Psalm 23).
Let us be aware! In the tablets of the Ten Commandments, in the words of Jesus, in the teachings of Saint Paul and the other writers of the Bible, the standards that God sets are quite clear. There are so may influences to take us away from the right path – pressure groups, politicians, social media, the Media, dare one say even some parts of the Church. It is presented as “cool” to disobey God, but that is not our calling.
To walk in God’s way, as it has been revealed us, is common sense; it is right – it brings God’s blessing, for us and for those around us.