Stories of grace and light: A closer look at Psalm 1 (from my viewpoint)
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. – (Psa 1:6 ESV)
Psalm 1 is the entrance to the book of Psalms. This Psalm gives a perfect image of the righteous and to be honest I wished I was as this righteous person that is depicted. This perfect image is far away because as for me I can not stand up to the sinlessness and perfect life that this Psalm depicts.
But what then? I do think that if we read Psalm 1 we should start from the end with this verse: “for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” To be a child of God, God needs to know us first. You can compare this with a child that is adopted. As soon as his/her new parents know him/her, from then on he is a child of those parents but not sooner.
Our life does not start with us, but with God. He chooses us as His Children through the work of Christ, (Ephesians 1:5) and His goal is that we are His Children to the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 1:6).
When God looks to us, He sees the righteousness of Christ, in His eyes we are as the tree that is planted at the rivers of water because He choose us in Christ. This is where we stand as a child of God. The command of Psalm 1 is not to be studying and meditating the Word of God day and night so that we become the children of God. It is the other way around. We know that we are the children of God because God’s Word is our life and because we desire to be in that Word day and night and to cast of all that is in conflict with God’s Word.
In our World, it is unbelievable how much the children of God have to face. If you open up your eyes, you will notice that we walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners and sit in the seat of the scornful far more than we should.
I do think that you need to be clear and sober about this fact, but never to back down or to give up and certainly not to close yourselves in between the walls of the Church! God knows us according to verse 6, we meditate Gods Word day and night. This means that our whole life is known by God and that our whole life is permeated by Gods Word. As a Christian, it is impossible to change suits during the week. There is not a family-Christian, there is no work-Christian, no church-Christian, not leisure time-Christian, no holiday-Christian and so on. There is but one Christian that stands and lives in this world.
In whatever place we are, in which situations in which we are involved, God’s Word will permeate our thinking, acting and talking. We need to be on the watch if the counsel that we get is in line with God’s word or not.
It is a matter of life or death that God’s Word is truly our lives. Not only by reading it daily, but to life it daily. But thanks be to God that it does not depend on us in the first place. Jesus promised us that He is our advocate in heaven and that He will sent His Holy Spirit to connect us with Him, the living Word. Again it does not depend on us in the first place, but it starts with God.
I will not lengthen it any more. Just one request read Psalm 1 for yourself and keep verse 6 in your mind while reading. God stands at the beginning of your life, and He will establish Psalm 1 in your life.