1  Blessed is the man
    who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
    or stand in the way of sinners
    or sit in the seat of mockers.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,
    which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.

4  Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.

5  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6  For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Meditation: This Psalm tells me that I will be blessed if I find God’s Word to be a delight and if I meditate on it day and night. I will be like the tree planted by the edge of the river – strong, full of life and vibrant. I will grow good and healthy fruit and I won’t wither and die in good times or bad times. I will prosper. The Lord will watch over me. I won’t get blown away like chaff – I will be continually nourished and refreshed by the river. God is the River of Life. I want to plant myself beside Him. I want to sit at the River’s edge and take in His nourishment and refreshment.

Invitation: Scripture is clear that learning and honoring God’s Word leads to a blessed life. Will you join me in being a diligent student of God’s Word in 2009? Read more about it here.

(If you’re reading through the Bible with us, you’ve just jumped ahead a bit – Psalm 1 is part of the recommended reading for January 29. Feel free to mark it off as read on your January reading plan.)

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