Reflections on Psalm 1

1 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 that 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.

Psalm 1

As I mentioned in my post last week, Emma and I started going through the Fellowship Journal for 2012.  This was the first passage we read together, and something jumped out at me.  It’s not the most scholarly, diving into the Hebrew observation, but it’s definitely timely.        Verse 3 says the blessed man is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season.”

In life, ministry, or anything else, I think it’s too easy for me to assume that if I’m doing what God’s calling me to do, following His will, and making good decisions that everything falls into place.  The only problem with that is that’s not real life.  Psalm 1 says in black and white, “Hey, fruit comes in season.”

Sometimes we get so caught up in sowing our field that we forget fruit takes time to grow.  It’s a great reality check for me to know that what I’m doing now isn’t necessarily going to bear results next week.  Sometimes it will, but slow growth is strong growth.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”  – Robert Lewis Stevenson

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  1. Bryant Denny

     /  January 6, 2012

    Nice post.

    I know the Lord planned it this way, but Psalm 1 is such a wonderful way for the Psalms to begin.

    Have a good one,

    BD

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