Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
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 watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1, NRSV)
This Psalm is one of my favorites. Plus it sets the tone for all of the psalms.
Happy are those…
Who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or sit with the scoffers
in other versions it is a progression of following or walking in the ways of the wicked, standing with the sinners, or sitting with scoffers.
You see we chooses in life, and we can choose whom we hang out with. We can choose to follow those who will lead us places we don’t want to go. We can choose to linger with them, and sit with them.
But if we follow after God and His commandments for our lives, we will be like a tree planted by streams of living water, and we will produce the fruit of God.