September 11, 2022
This week I want to share my KidzAblaze devotion from last Wednesday, which turned into a verse by verse Bible study on Psalm 1. The main idea in this passage is the difference between the paths of the righteous and the wicked.
The Planned Path
”Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,”
-Psalm 1:1 (NIV)
I find it interesting how the word “advice/counsel” in Hebrew, ʿēṣâ, can mean plan. The world has a plan of how they want us to live life. They want us to stand in the way of sinners, to spend time with a crowd of scoffers, to take their advice and do what they want us to. In contrast, God has an amazing plan for those who trust in Him. It may mean taking the unpopular path, but it’s a path of blessing.
The Guided Path
“But whose delight is in the law of theLord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.”
-Psalm 1:2 (NIV)
Then God points out how a righteous person does look: he delights in God’s law, and meditates on it day and night. I find it funny how the Hebrew word for “meditate”, hāḡâ, means to mutter, As a person who talks to themself a lot, I can see how not just reading God’s Word, but thinking and working through it throughout the whole day helps us live His Word out, and not forget what we just read in the morning. Then it guides us on God’s paths!
The Life-Giving Path ”That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
-Psalm 1:3 (NIV)
The way the righteous live doesn‘t come back void. Instead, with time, he bears fruit when he should, sprouting from the seeds given by God’s Word (Isa. 55:10), and planted in a place he can drink from the living water all the time. The righteous live in God’s provision and goodness all the time! And when hard times come, because he accepted God’s provision, he won’t just wither away; his roots help him reach deeper than most plants would, making him flourish.
The Watched Way
“Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
-Psalm 1:4-6 (NIV)
God sees both the godly and the ungodly paths. Chaff is actually the part of wheat ancient harvesters got rid. They did so by throwing the harvested grain in the air, so that the wind would separate the good grain from the excess shell and carry it away. The wicked can’t survive the tossing. They can not stand God’s presence or judgement, because He’s holy. But God sees the way of the righteous, and knows he honors the Lord. Eventually, walking that path leads to eternal life with God!
Each day we have a choice to choose paths of life, or paths of death. Which will we choose?