Preacher: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;” (Psalm 1:1)
Seeker: We are happy this day because we have lived wisely and walked with the Lord. Praise God for showing us the way to happiness.
Preacher: “ . . .but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.” (Verse 2)
Seeker: We have studied God’s word and taken in the guidance and direction we find there. Praise God for showing us the way to delight.
Preacher: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” (Verse 3)
Seeker: We have soaked up all that Lord has given to us, and our lives are good. We have faith in the Lord is firm and strong. Praise God for leading us to good places and providing us with resources.
Preacher: “The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. (Verse 4)
Seeker: We see how others live; while they may have more possessions and enjoy the abundance the world has to offer, what they have will not last. Praise God for giving us the Lord’s good gifts that endure.
Preacher: “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;” (Verse 5)
Seeker: Those who sin will not be able to stand up against the judgment of the Lord. They have not place among the righteous. Praise God for teaching us how to be righteous, that we might be found worthy in God’s judgment.
Preacher: “ . . . for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Verse 6)
Seeker: We know that God watches over us, and leads us. God leads us in this world and will lead us to the world to come. Praise God that we will not perish but will be counted among God’s righteous. We will endure! Praise God!
Last time we encountered the Psalm passage, I lamented that we cannot always praise God. But that we, humanity, are not the only thing in creation that praises God. This is good to know and remember. This week’s Psalm passage does not ask us to praise but gives us reason to praise God. We praise God for being, simply, everything that God is. I like this Psalm because it confirms that we are blessed by God if we follow God. It does set up the assumption that if we follow God, our lives will be blessed and full. And that is not always the case, or so it seems. But it does not demand that we praise God, but simply that we remain faithful to God. May you do so, beloved reader. Selah!