Psalm 1 comes in two parts. In the first part there is a description of the righteous man, who is not like the wicked man at all, but is devoted to God. As a consequence, he prospers in everything he does. In the second part, however, there is a description of the godless man, who is worthless in himself, and faces judgement by God.
The psalm describes a situation which is very black and white. A person is either righteous, or godless. And it concludes that “YHWH knows the way of the righteous, whilst the way of the wicked will perish.”
In one sense, Psalm 1 is a picture of extremes—there is no middle ground. But in another sense, it is a warning, not to cross the line from the righteous to the godless in our private faith, or in our public expression.
Now, in life, we all have to make many decisions. And we face easy decisions and difficult ones. But what Psalm 1 does is to remind us that the decisions we make should be based on God’s laws, not man’s. Indeed, we shouldn’t just go with the flow because, “That’s how things are done these days.”
Psalm 1 is a challenge for all Christians to maintain God’s standards at all times. But that isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do at all.
Posted: 21st April 2018
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