Psalm 1:1; “Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people.
He doesn’t make a habit of doing what sinners do.” Simply put, the righteous person looks to and emulates the actions of those who have good intentions.
How does this translate into everyday living? Sometimes, just mentioning Scripture or the Bible can serve to put an untouchable halo around your head. But, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, all sacred writings contain messages that can serve to enhance our lives in a quite practical manner.
So the question remains, how does this first verse of psalm 1, apply to us today? Let’s examine it closely, using five powerful words.
1. The word “blessed” means sanctified, exalted, or redeemed, according to the thesaurus. Putting this into ordinary everyday vernacular, a blessed state can extend into health, business, success, and overall happiness.
2. Now “obey” has a different connotation. Children who follow the structure formed by their parents will contribute to a happy home life. Employees who live by the rules of their companies will thrive in business; and citizens who live by the law of the land will make positive contributions to their communities.
3. Let’s go to the word “advice.” Following the lead of individuals who live an ungodly life can bring disaster. How many thousands of lives have been ruined due to the influence of drugs and alcohol? This verse encourages us to follow the lifestyles of functional responsible individuals and to avoid the pitfalls of major dysfunction.
4. So what is the definition of “sinners?” Literally the word “sin” means to miss the mark. I personally do not believe that we are born into sin. But we do have the option of choosing good or evil. In practical daily activities, we can err by neglecting to pay bills on time; by ignoring our children when they need attention; or by not taking care of health matters.
5. How does one define righteous? I go by the mantra, “observe and emulate healthy people.” Putting this into a Scriptural context this involves following the path of people who behave in a way that makes their lives work well for them, for their communities, and ultimately for the globe.
Indeed, Scripture is God’s love letter to us. He, in His wisdom, wants the best for everyone, both individually and corporately. The words of the Bible are not for the holier than thou. They are practical, down to earth, and meant to apply to building happy successful lives.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.” Psalm 37:39
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippines 4:13
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
“The joy of the Lord is your strength ” Nehemiah 8:10
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Apply these scriptures to your every day life, and notice a drastic change in your life. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added. What ever you desire from God, He is just and faithful enough to give you the desires of your heart. Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be open.
I have petitioned God many times, and He has never failed me yet.
Knowledge without application is of no avail!