1. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked Or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Psalm 1, like Psalm 23, is a trove of memorable verses. In short, Psalm 1 seems to say, “Don’t follow the crowd of unrighteous people!” Additionally, blessings are promised to the righteous. Yet, in the modern, capitalist world, the righteous are not necessarily guaranteed worldly blessings. Under our current system, the wicked are blessed with a greater share of material blessings. This is because the unrighteous are willing to exploit their workers and commit other injustices. Does that mean the righteous should imitate the wicked in order to achieve worldly success and “respectability”? Heaven forbid! In the context of Mosaic Law, every verse of Psalm 1 rings true. In the society founded upon God’s law, where the corners of wheat fields are reserved for the poor, the righteous indeed prosper. In a society that follows the law of Jubilee, the unrighteous cannot amass wealth from the debts of others.
Dearest Loving Father, How your law rings true for all time! Your words shall not return to you void. Teach individuals to follow your law of love. Teach families to follow your law of love. Teach communities to follow your law of love. Teach nations to follow your law of love. All Praise to you Great Father, how your love endures!