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 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.

(Revised Standard Version)


“The Lord knows the way of the righteous.” That can be a haunting thought for a sinner like me.

Many times in my life I have “not known how to pray.” Either in my distress or in my joy, I haven’t been able to express myself to God. The Psalms can be the place to go when you’re like me, and “don’t know what to pray.” After all, it has been said that they are in themselves a “school of prayer.”

I still remember when Psalm 1 first struck a strong cord in my heart. I was reading the book Point Man by Steve Farrar. He was stressing the importance of grounding yourself in the Word of God, and making time everyday to read and meditate on His Word. Psalm 1 paints a beautiful picture of the promise God gives to the man that meditates on His Word.

As I read this Psalm today, I couldn’t help, but hear the words of mother to her children. Admonishing them to stay away from troublemakers and do what is right.  Words we should all heed.

Steve Farrar was blessed by the example of his father. He watched as his father prayed and read his Bible every morning. When I go to my parent’s house, I see my Dad’s Bible sitting on the table next to his chair, and I am blessed.


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Former farmer, now college instructor
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One Response to Psalm 1

  1. Diane says:

    Is there a limit to the number of words you can use in a reply? Two things struck me as I read the Psalm: Verse 2 – “His delight is in the law of the Lord and he medtiates on it day and night”. I thought of the movie “Yentl”, when Mandy Patinkin and Barbra Striesand (pretending to be a young man) would argue and talk about the “Torah” for hours. I have been told you grow in your faith by questioning what you learn. I have learned so much and grown stronger in my faith by teaching religious ed and attending adult education classes. I should meditate more often. AND verse 4 – “The wicked are not so…”. I have a biblical translation that reads, “Not so the wicked, not so”. It reminds me of a Grandfather figure giving a dire warning.
    Not soooo the wiiccked!!, not sooo.
    I always told my kids when they would say, “I didn’t do it, it was my friend, etc.” I would always reply, “Even if you didn’t do anything, you become guilty because you associate with those who do”.
    I enjoyed your views on the psalms.
    Also, whoever reads my posts will have to forgive my spelling errors.

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