As most of the writers are away on retreat this weekend, I’ll share one of the devotionals that was written that those attending the retreat have been meditating on.
The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1Blessed 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;
2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3He 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.
4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
When we have trouble “cutting through the noise” of this world, it’s easy to become complacent. All of a sudden everything becomes a routine and we find ourselves simply going through the motions of life.
Psalm 1 describes and contrasts two people: one who is rooted in God’s word, and another who searches for wisdom in the world. Where do you find yourself today?
In verse 3 we see that those who delight themselves in the law of Lord are:
“…planted…” – firmly rooted.
Roots don’t just sit above the ground. They are firmly intertwined with the soil. Separating them is no easy chore.
“…by streams of water,” – continually fed and nourished by a pure source.
This is more than a one-time watering.
“…yields its fruit…” – actively producing that which is good.
As a result of being planted by a continually pure source, there is evidence of growth that blesses others.
“…does not wither.” – able to endure tough times.
Not under its own doing, but as a result of where it is planted.
A tree can also be planted beside impure sources. However this tree is like “chaff that the wind drives away” (verse 4). What are the things in life that you allow to influence you? Where have you chosen to root yourself? Quite often we don’t realize what the true influences in our lives until we pause to reflect on them.
Take the opportunity today to choose to plant yourself by “streams of water”. Rest in the promise that, “blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked”.