Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all the he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.—Psalm 1:1-6
Physical life is measured in brain waves and heartbeats. We are hardwired to know that there’s more to life than what we see—more than just the material and mortal. But most people don’t really live as if that’s true. How we live now matters; both now and for eternity. Psalm 1 helps us ask three critical questions:
1. What kind of life am I living? This is a simple question of determining your values. The first two verses of Psalm 1 contrast two ways to live; one set of values leads to being blessed, while another leads to something else. Am I living by God’s values or the values of this world?
2. What kind of impact am I having? If I love God, there will be evidence. If I am blessed, I’ll see it. The simile here is of a tree. I like trees, and not long after we moved into our home we planted six of them. One reason I like trees is because of what they provide. They make an impact. If I am the blessed, I’ll make an impact as the tree does.
And the tree’s secret is in its roots. That’s where the life flows from. The water from those streams feed the tree. It’s an unseen power source, and for those who would be blessed and have life, we must have access to the unseen power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we have that, it cannot help but flow out as proof of the life of Christ in me. Are you a tree planted by streams of water or are you chaff?
3. How will it end for me? Think about the end of your life. If we can talk of Jesus’ death and burial as part of the Gospel message, why not yours and mine? It is completely appropriate to think about the time when we will die—and what comes after. Burying our heads in the sand about what awaits on the other side of death isn’t helpful or safe. And we cannot simply make up what we think is right—though most do. It isn’t subjective: we have eternity in our hearts. God put it there.
Will you give yourself to follow that way? To be blessed? To have life in Jesus Christ? He gave His life. He gave us life. Received it from Him right now.—Todd Dugard
· Am I following the Way of Jesus Christ?
· Do I have “proof” flowing out of me that Jesus Christ is in me?
Prayer: Father, I want to follow Your way. I want to be that tree that always blooms and always has green leaves, even in drought. But I need a relationship with You to have that. Father,I confess that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and I believe that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sin. I receive the forgiveness that Jesus bought for me. Thank You for this amazing gift through Your Son, in whose name I pray, Amen.