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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!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law
he meditates day and night.  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.  The wicked are
not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore
the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly
of the righteous.  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
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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