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Blessed!

Psalm 1:1-6 NASB "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. [3] And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. [4] The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. [5] Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. [6] For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish."

When I was a young boy, our church required that we memorize this passage of scripture before we could join the boy's club at the church. It was our rite of passage. I worked hard to memorize it and I'm glad I did, in fact, only two things linger in my memory from that club-the memory of being terrified, sitting around a campfire at an overnight camp out, listening to other boys tell spooky stories, and this passage of scripture. It has been a friend of mine since then. There are times, to this day that the rhythmic verses swim through my mind reminding me of what it really means to be a blessed man.

I'm reminded, that in many ways, being blessed is a choice-a choice not to listen to the counsel of the wicked or to be a stumbling block to others or be a know-it-all on the sidelines of life criticizing others. Instead, to be blessed, I must delight in God's word and marinate in it daily. As I meditate on these verses, I'm reminded that blessing is not so much a status or a destination; rather it is a journey-a lifestyle. It is a choice to live life under the umbrella of God's blessing-a choice to follow His ways and seek His kingdom. It is an openness to be used of God whether that decision makes life easier or harder isn't the issue-being blessed is.

Of course the alternative isn't pretty. Who wants to be a withering leaf or dry chaff blown by the wind? The way of the blessed man-the righteous man is straight and sure. It leads to a desirable destination-a way the Lord knows and has prepared.

Enjoy the journey!

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