Today, I am starting a new series of reflections (just posts) about my everyday encounter with God in the book of Psalms.
This morning at the church, Pastor Fred announced that we will be studying and discovering more about God in David’s written Psalms. Then I remembered I tried to finish the entire book several months ago but I forgot where I stopped. I am sure I did not finish it, though.
So I tried to reread from the start. This is good because I actually like Psalm 1. It’s about the way of the righteous.
BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The first word, blessed, for me talks about a promise already. A promise from the Lord that He will bless us if we avoid the path of the ungodly. But of course, not only that we avoid such path, our delight must also be in the law of the Lord–His Word.
Then I asked, where does my happiness come from?
Probably the hardest question I ever asked myself.
Whatever it is, my happiness must come from obeying the Word of the Lord. Obedience to Him must take up my entire time and heart space. It is only after learning to say Yes to God that blessings will start to come running.