More than four years ago I embarked on a meditational journey through the Psalms. My practice has been to move verse by verse through the book asking meditational questions of my readers. You have come up with some great answers over the years, but I have provided few.
I have now finished the journey of asking about the Psalms. Now I have begun asking you about the Proverbs. While I begin that work I am also now beginning the journey of thinking on and answering my own questions through the Psalms. So! Let’s continue:
On May 21, 2016 in the evening meditation I asked:
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,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 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.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psm. 1:1-6
WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED OUTLINED IN THIS PSALM?
There are many differences between the righteous and the wicked: The righteous avoid sin while the wicked embrace it; The righteous avoid mocking others while the wicked make it a normal part of life (ouch!); The righteous are hungry for the Word of God and study it voraciously while the wicked find it so boring they would rather watch T.V. than enter into a study of the word of God; The righteous bend but don’t break and their lives bring forth lasting fruit while the wicked not only break their lives work is forgotten by history; Finally all of this is because of the last big difference, the Lord watches out for the righteous and even when they start going the wrong way He turns them around while He lets the wicked go their own way into destruction.