Bible Reading / Book By Book: 1 Kings to Psalms

Day 80 / Psalms 1

The book of Psalms is a series of songs Jewish people sang in their synagogues. They were written over many years and by a variety of writers. Since they have been translated into English, they lose their poetic sound, but they still contain many word pictures, just as poetry often does. This first Psalm is a good example. We are told how a righteous person differs from a wicked one. Righteous people are like trees, and wicked people are like chaff. Righteous people are shown as stable and productive, wicked people as passing and useless. 

Pictures like this are very powerful. When making a decision to do the right or wrong thing, you are deciding between being a tree or chaff. It’s more than deciding on a behavior; it’s deciding the kind of person you are. 

Psalm 1 (NASB)

The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.