How Great Is Our God

Feb 14, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

Psalm 1:1-3

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,  And in His law he meditates day and night.  3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season.  And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.        

Psalm 1 is incredibly uplifting if you are a believer, not so much if you are “wicked.” If we take some time to think about these first three verses, we can see the simplicity of God’s desire for us. Christians, especially those enamored with their own knowledge of the Bible, tend to make holy living very complicated when it is not. Acquiring the deep wisdom and knowledge that is in Scripture is a lifelong endeavor, considering there is no end to the depth of God’s Word. Wisdom and knowledge come as we seek Him and study His Word, but are not required for righteousness. We are considered righteous by God because of our faith in Him (see Gen. 15:6). Thank God that is the case. In the three verses above, the Lord gives us a guide to leading a life of prosperity and righteousness.

In verse one, we see the Lord does not want us to listen to those we know are not believers. They process everything in this world according to their father, the devil (see John 8:44). They may be wise in the ways of the world, but that is not what we need. Walking in the counsel of the wicked is not referring to criminals. It is referring to those who do not get their guidance through prayer and God’s word. Standing in the path of sinners simply means hanging out with those who do not honor God with their lives. Scoffers are those whose opinions come from worldly knowledge and situations. If you think about family members, your circle of friends, acquaintances, and co-workers, you might find that you are spending more time with those described in verse one than you should be spending.

In verse two, we are told the blessed man delights in the law of the Lord. Do not confuse this with the Mosaic Law. This is God’s law of righteousness which permeates the Scriptures. Meditating on God’s will day and night does not mean being in a continual state of prayer. It means viewing everything you encounter each day through a lens of righteousness. This requires a desire to please God in all you do. If that desire is the most important thing in your life, you will always think about the consequences of your actions before allowing yourself to be tempted. Scripture tells us, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust” (James 1:14). Meditating on God’s law day and night will certainly lessen your chances of falling into sin.

Verse three compares the person who lives according to verses one and two to a tree planted by streams of water. A tree next to a stream is constantly fed with nutrients and fresh water, making it strong and satisfied. You (the tree) will yield fruit as God yields it through you. Your leaf will not wither, meaning you will never have a reason to be depressed or feel downtrodden. Then, because of all this, you will prosper in whatever you do. This is not implying you will make lots of money, or make no mistakes or suffer any hardships. It means that even the hardships and suffering will have a beneficial purpose (see Rom. 8:28), and your prosperity will be spiritual gold and silver and not wood, hay, and straw (1 Cor. 3:12-15). We serve an AWESOME God!

God bless and have a great week

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