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Psalm 1:1-3


Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
 Or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.


If you are struggling today with your life, the opening verses of Psalm 1 are specifically for you.  If you could not imagine your life to be any better, the opening verses of Psalm 1 are specifically for you.  No, I am not a fence-sitter!   Psalm 1 contrasts two different ways of life and is such an appropriate beginning to the Psalter.  This entire psalm is a total of 6 verses of Scripture, but lays out for all of us that the psalms are going to deal with three characters; the righteous, the ungodly, and God.  David tells us that the righteous in God will have great joys.  Yes, it is plural!  Writing a new devotion every day that will be uplifting, instructional, and truthful, is a formidable task.  God teaches me that every day.  Scripture is full of encouragements, truths, and warnings.  Scripture is also full of obvious points and small things we often miss.  Look at our Scripture today as a great example of all of the above.  It seems blatantly obvious to me that joys will abound when we ignore the advice of the wicked.  Sometimes we have trouble identifying the wicked, but I believe all would agree with David that listening to their advice will always result in troubled times.  Here are the little things we might miss.  David continues by saying, "or stand around  with sinners or join in with mockers."  We would call this in today's language "guilt by association."  David makes the point that the joyful hang out with the joyful.  The righteous don't listen or associate with the wicked.  Have you ever noticed how group conversation usually goes in one of two directions?  When I break bread with any of my family of God, we usually end up being stared at because we are laughing so much.  We find joy together in things that no one else would even notice, let alone find funny.  We don't make fun of anyone else.  We simply enjoy each other with no restraints.  Joys abound as we fellowship and my soul feels so good after one of these meals and it is not about the food!  I have also been involved in group conversations that center around gossip about others or sharing the drudgery of life.  These conversations almost always end in negative feelings that affect the rest of everyone's day.  They create a very negative perspective of life.  Again, in today's language we would refer to this as "misery loves company."  What governs which group we participate in?  Well of course, we do!  There is more to this though.  Notice that the people with joys are meditating on God's law day and night.  David goes on to say they are trees planted near the river whose leaves never whither.  David concludes by saying that they prosper in all that they do.  Why wouldn't they?  We "trees" have the joys of the Lord.  We "trees" are planted near the Living Water.  We "trees"  have all the food we need from God's law (Scripture).  Finally, God provides "climate control" by removing us from the constant dreariness that is associated with the wicked, mocking sinner.  Wow, what a great picture of who God wants us to be!   So, relish the many joys God will bestow on you today as you avoid the advice of the wicked.  Don't  stand next to relentless sinners and "nay-sayers."  Delight and meditate on God's word.  Enjoy the view of the river where hope springs eternal.  Bear much fruit and prosper in all you do.  Why?  Because God says to and we can!  As our song says, "You get to choose, happy or sad."  Make that joyful choice today and watch your tree be so full of fruit you will have to give most of it away!  Isn't that God's goal for our lives?