Happy 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 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.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
This first Psalm gives each of each two choices of how we can live our lives; it gives the consequences of both. If we choose to take pleasure in God and meditate on his word, the Bible, we will be like a tree planted by the water. God has created a tree with leaves to provide food and water to ensure a healthy tree that produces fruit for mankind. God has provided all that we need to be prosperous, to be strong and produce fruit for him. God will watch over all that chose to find the right way through his word.
If we chose to find our pleasure in the cares of this world, ignore God and his commands for us, we will be like chaff which is worthless. Chaff is the part of wheat that is left to be blown away by the wind after the good seed has been removed. This is the choice of the wicked that will perish.
Father, thank you for giving each of us our own choice. Help each of us to walk with you through the path of your word and accept all the promises you have given for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.