Psalm 1:1-3

v.1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
v.2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
v.3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

It is easy to take verse 3 and say that the LORD is going to bless me thus. But the first two verses give 5 conditions to be met for this blessing.

  1. Walk not in the counsel of the ungodly. But today, it is common for Christians to rely on the counsel of non-believers, especially when it comes to matters of education, businesses and other worldly matters.
  2. Nor stand in the path of sinners. Of late, Christians accompany sinners to their sins, so that they could save some. You never know who will be touched, they say. But I know that you will be touched – by sin. For the Bible prohibits such a stand.
  3. Nor sit in the seat of the scornful. Those who proclaim their moral debauchery without any remorse or sense of guilt are scornful. Christians listen to all their stories and then finally condemn them. No, you are not supposed to sit with them. Probably you may not be sitting with them personally, per se, but what about in front of your TV sets and computer?
  4. Delight in the law of the LORD. A Christian who reads the Bible because he has to is not someone who delights in the law of the LORD. You read the Bible because it delights you. Are you reading the Bible like that?
  5. Meditate day and night. Now, how many remember the Bible portion that they read that morning? Not many. Because they do not meditate on His law.

And if we do these five things, we will receive the blessings of Jesus Christ. But we are not under the Law, you say. We have to follow Christ, that’s all needed from us, you may wonder. True. And look at the first two verses again. If you truly love Jesus Christ, these five things you will be doing yourself. You won’t even need the blessings in the third verse. So, do you love Jesus Christ? Then let us show our love by our deeds.

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