Psalms 1:1-6 – The Two Paths Before Us

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September 23, 2020
Praying and Meditating through Psalms


For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish
~ Psalm 1:6, KJV ~

Much of our modern culture appears to be wallowing in a defeatist and pessimistic attitude. This is apparently evident by many protests, marches, violence, cynicism, political divisiveness, and even religious intolerance. Sadly, much of this appears to come from so-called Christian believers. There is a serious spirit of contention that has permeated our social consciousness. Yet, scripture stands true against the seemingly growing darkness and cancerous tumor of contention.

Scripture also teaches us of only two paths in our mortal existence. These two paths are eloquently spoken of in Psalms 1:1-6. One is the path of the righteous. The second path is that of those who are condemned to perish due to their unrighteousness.

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Blessed or Cursed are you?

Psalm 1:1 opens up with the Hebrew ashrey for blessed. This expression gives us insight in the sense of happiness, joy, and sense of fulfillment one experiences through a genuine Christian Faith. This comes from our deep and authentic trust in our Heavenly Father as we walk in obedience to His sovereign and divine will. Following this statement are three negative and progressive characteristic traits of the unrighteous. We are blessed when we:

  • Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly
  • Stand in the way of sinners
  • Sit in the seat of the scornful

When we walk in the counsel of the ungodly – we are heeding the advice of those who are not walking in obedience. Christ taught us “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14, KJV). For many of us, we have given ourselves over to the advice and counsel of those whom we have chosen to follow. As we give into the advice of society, we naturally move to where we stand in the way of sinners.

There are two ways we may find ourselves standing in the way of sinners. The first regards our choice to heed the advice of the world and begin to walk in disobedience and unrighteousness. The other is where we impede the work of God’s glory and divine grace by preventing those to come to the fountain of living waters and partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life.

And as we progress from following the counsel of the unrighteous. Progress from standing in the way of the sinners. We inevitably place ourselves upon the sit with the scornful. These are the people who have developed a hatred for God. A hatred toward their fellow brothers and sisters. They have fully succumbed to the spirit of contention and operate out of sheer anger. These are those who stand in judgment. They preach tolerance while proclaiming intolerance toward the sons and daughters of God’s Kingdom. Many of whom sit in the pews and chairs on Sunday mornings.

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Planted and Nourished by god’s divine truth

As we walk in obedience to God. Following the path and example of our savior, Jesus Christ. We surrender ourselves over to personal revelation through our studying and meditating of God’s teachings and instructions. The image here shows us that we are like a tree planted by the rivers of water. The image continues to share the divine characteristics of those who seek Heavenly Father through prayer and meditation:

  • Grows in strength and rooted in God’s truths and teachings
  • Sustained by personal revelation and growing from faith to faith
  • Bearing fruit in due season
  • Our testimony and faith does not wither
  • We are continually blessed and prosper according to God’s will and good pleasure

Today, we do well to focus on the teachings of our Heavenly Father. Work to walk in faithful obedience to His divine and righteous council. Stand firm on the truth of His personal revelation and will for our lives. Sit with those who are working out their faith with fear and trembling and fighting the good fight (See, Philippians 2:12 and 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV).

the path of the unrighteous is judgment and condemnation

Contrasting the way of the righteous – Psalm 1:4-5 declares the consequences of living in disobedience before God. Here, the chaff refers to the useless part of the wheat when it is processed through threshing, winnowing, or riddling. It is the fruitless ideas, wicked council, and false teachings and doctrines. There is no inherent value and is merely refuse.

Because the unrighteous and disobedient are compared to chaff, they are not able to withstand the slightest breeze (See, Ephesians 4:14, KJV). This is apparently due to the craftiness and manipulation that occurs. In the end, they are driven away.

Not only are they driven by every whim of doctrine, craftiness of man, and the unrighteous council. Those who follow the path that is broad and wide (See, Matthew 7:13) lead to a way that is destructive. They are not able to stand the judgments that come. And eventually they will be separated out of the congregation of the righteous (See, Matthew 3:12) when the righteous is sifted like wheat (See, Luke 22:31).

Chose the strait and narrow or the broad path

Our mortality is not a passive game where we sit in the stands and watch. We make choices every day that impact our lives. These choices come down to the way we think, how those thoughts evoke emotions, and those emotions evoke behaviors. Within our human volition we are choosing to follow Christ in obedience to God’s divine will and commandments to receive the reward of eternal life – o,r follow the path that leads to destruction where we are separated and our lives wither away because of how useless and worthless it is.

~ Prayer and Meditation ~ 

Heavenly Father, bring to my awareness those areas where I lack in my faith. You know my path and are graceful in forgiving me of my transgressions. As I submit myself to you daily, guide me through the Holy Spirit to keep me in the way of the Righteous. Assist me in recognizing the true path and strengthen me as I meditate upon your words, your messages, your teachings, and your instructions. In Jesus Christ’s name – Amen. 

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. How right you are in saying we make choices every day that impact our lives! May we strive wholeheartedly to choose the straight and narrow every day of our lives.

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    1. What we choose today impacts our tomorrows. We live faithfully today and plant the seed of discipline and following Christ, we will reap those blessings in store for us.

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  2. Erin says:

    I so agree that the world is wallowing in a pessimistic, defeated attitude. I’m so grateful that through Christ, we have hope and reason to be positive and grateful.

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    1. Through Christ we have hope, strength, and fortitude to face daily living and challenges. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Cathy McIntosh says:

    So true. We don’t passively sit back and accept our own morality. Our Christian living comes from choosing to do things like scripture reading, prayer, and meditation. Then we’re equipped to follow Jesus and experience His great hope and peace!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thought. It comes down to our choice to seek after God and to develop those healthy spiritual disciplines to be rooted in Christ.

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  4. Ava James says:

    Right living and Christian living only comes when we understand and submit every area of our lives to God. This is a great resource and very thought provoking, thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for commenting. Yes, Right living and Christian living does come when we understand and submit daily to God.

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  5. We have hope in Christ, this always gladdens my heart, for no matter the situation in the world, as believers, we have this unshakable hope in Christ, one that becomes accessible when we stay rooted in him.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    I love the prayer at the end of the article

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this and yes – no matter what is happening around us, as long as we are rooted in Christ we are growing and strengthening each day.

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  6. fluxingwell says:

    Thank you for the reminder to submit daily to the Lord. I need to consciously do that every single day. Not my will, but His.

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    1. It is always a good reminder to daily seek after Him. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. jonisteinauer says:

    This is so timely! I just wrote in my prayer journal this morning how I was no longer going to live from a place of defeat! I read that we fight from freedom, not for freedom! Reading this now is like confirmation! Thank you so much for this post!

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    1. You are so welcome and thank you for your comment. I am glad this provided confirmation and keep reading, praying, and meditating on God’s truth.

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  8. Betty Rojugbokan says:

    We must live in total submission to God and allow Him to work through us for his will and good pleasure.

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    1. So very true – even if it is challenging and difficult today.

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  9. Christina | Finally Family Homes says:

    It does feel like unsound doctrine is more prevalent today than ever – or maybe it’s just louder? For the faithful, we must continue in prayer and meditation on scripture if we want to discern and walk the narrow path.

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    1. Whether it is prevalent or louder (I believe it is both). I have learned to bring myself into that quiet space and seek God continually. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments.

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  10. Collene says:

    So true. Our world is full of pessimistic and defeatist attitudes. But as believers we can have hope because we have chosen the narrow road!

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    1. We either focus on the chaos and the storms or we walk faithfully with Christ by our side. Thank you for your comment on this.

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  11. Rachel Mayew says:

    It can be tough to feel the pains of living in our imperfect world while holding faith. Seeing what’s in front of us and staying encouraged by what we can not see definitely takes balance. You are so right that this is done positively, graciously, and full of hope by staying in God’s word and prayer. Thanks for this timely reminder!

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    1. You are welcome. It definitely felt quite timely with what is happening in our world today. A reminder to stay rooted in the word of God.

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  12. Sheryl Mendoza says:

    Amen! May God continue to strengthen us. Bless you! Thank you so much for this post!

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for the comment. I hope to inspire people and provide insights in ways that motivate them to grow spiritually in truth and God’s grace.

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  13. Alice says:

    I chose the path of righteousness. I will do this by meditating on the Word and having fellowship with other believers.

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    1. That is all we are capable of doing and how blessed are we when we do so.

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  14. kariminter says:

    I’ve been studying Psalm 1 for school the past few weeks and I love how this ties in with where my thoughts have been meditating lately! Thanks so much for the encouragement.

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

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  15. M. J. says:

    So important for us to choose the right path in our lives! Prayer and meditation, and learning the truth are key to knowing what choices to make to follow God’s will for us! Great post!

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    1. Yes it is and it is challenging in this day and age.

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  16. As believers in Christ, we are to be light, to stand up for the oppressed and help those in need. Now is the perfect time for us to be the hands and feet of Christ. Not getting caught up in political parties but keeping our eyes on our King.

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