Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on His law he meditates day and night.

Psalms 1:1-2, RSV 

 

Thus begins one of the most beautiful and beloved books of all time. It is a book of poetry and praise, a book of love and devotion. It is a book a warning and promise, a book of blessings and curses. This book has likely brought more comfort to those in despair than any other of the Sacred writings. It is written by multiple authors with these two things in common: All love the LORD and His word with all of their heart and soul and mind and strength. And all are carried along by the Holy Spirit's inspiration. 

 

It is a flawless book!

 

It begins with the phrase, "Blessed is the man" and then goes on to describe that man. The word "blessed" has a two-fold connotation: First, it means "happy", second it implies "favor from God." If we understand the word correctly, we see that a blessing is something that brings happiness because it's possessor is receiving God's favor.

 

And we will be happy, we are told, if we do not seek the counsel of the world, but instead seek the wisdom of God. If we will do that one simple thing, our lives will be filled with the happiness that can only flow from God's favor. 

 

The book of Psalms is a marvelous book, and we will be experiencing it's vast wealth of blessings  and knowledge for the next fifteen days. Aren't we blessed!

 

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not whither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:3, RSV 

 

Today is the 10th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament's books of wisdom, with Psalms 1-10 being the reading for today. May God richly bless your life as you seek his wisdom and the blessings that result from that wisdom!