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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.

Psalm 1 presents a stark contrast between those who choose to follow the Word of God and those who choose a different path. The former are described as happy, for they avoid destructive spiritual and moral pitfalls and have full and productive lives. The freedom to choose how one will live comes with the reality that one’s choices have real consequences.

The way of the wicked seems innocent enough at first. It starts with something like apathy—just walking a little differently. But walking leads to standing, and then eventually sitting down in the midst of wickedness. Sin is like that. It progresses from something seemingly innocuous to something entirely more serious. This is contrasted with the way of the righteous.

The difference between the blessed man and the wicked man in this psalm is the blessed one not only reads, but also delights in God’s Word. He treats God’s Word as His daily bread, seeking to get sustenance from it. Reading the Bible isn’t only a matter of habit; it’s something that is absolutely necessary and enjoyable for him on a day-to-day basis.

  • Does this mean that those who delight in God’s Word will always have an easy and comfortable life? How do you know?
  • What is the result during difficult times for those who delight in God’s Word?
  • Praise God for showing you the path to true happiness.