The book of Psalms became a close comfort to me during the difficult times my family was going through. The loved ones in my life who tried to share impart some comfort and wisdom couldn’t really hit the deep wounds like those 150 Psalms did. It helped rejuvenate my love for scripture and worship, along with quenching my thirst for the desire for someone to understand what I was feeling inside.
The one that I loved the most was Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.”
But I’m not here to talk about that chapter today, though I’ll get to it soon enough. I’ve restarted reading Psalms with joy on my mind instead of sorrow.
“Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].
The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so, But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked shall perish.” -Psalm 1 AMP
I love this introductory chapter, opening us up to the themes of the book – worship, song, praise, prayer, wisdom, & guidance. More specifically, it’s introducing us to the basic righteous versus wicked, the difference between the godly and ungodly.
Perhaps back when I was desperatly needing Psalms in my life, it was helpful to read the reminders that showed me the goodness that can come from my relationship with the Lord and how my faith has affected my life.
Regarding this Psalm 1, Charles Spurgeon said, “It is an old saying and possibly a true one, that every man is seeking after happiness. If it is so, then every man should read this Psalm, for this directs us where happiness is to be found in its highest degree and purest form!”
I find myself using Psalm 1 to ask myself a few questions. Who is influencing me and my decisions in life? What kind of people am I surrounding myself with? What is bringing me joy? What is nourishing my soul right now? Could I be making better decisions about what I do with my time? Does my life look different from an unbeliever? What can I be doing to life a righteous, blessed life?