MAY 18

Read | Psalm 1

Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!

    They are like chaff

    that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Respond | Gabrielle Dearduff

There are two pathways described in Psalm 1. The first pathway is that of the wicked. The body language in verse 1 moves from walking to standing to sitting. This progression is slow as a person’s guard goes down along the path of the wicked. First, they walk in the advice of the wicked; next, they stand in the way that sinners take; and finally, they sit comfortably in the company of mockers. In the end, the wicked are like dust that blows away. 

 

The second pathway is that of the righteous. Blessed are those who delight in the law of the Lord. The law gives life! Spending time in the word—abiding in God’s presence—will make fruit blossom in its season. How you spend your time comprises your life—it comprises your worship. Your life is your worship—it will either glorify God or another. The Message translation declares about the righteous, “God charts the road you take.” We discover God’s path for us within community through scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. Our inner circle of people will either echo God’s heart or a dead-end. How will you spend your days? What path will you choose? 

 

Holy Spirit, you make a way where there is none. Be near to us and fill our paths with your favor and grace. We trust you with every step. Amen.

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