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|Psalm 1:1||: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2: But his delight is in the Torah of YaHuWaH ; and in His Torah doth he meditate day and night.
3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4: The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6: For YaHuWaH knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
To be blessed is to enjoy divine grace and favor, which alone brings true happiness. Happiness is the goal of every soul on earth. Sad to say, more often than not, people look for happiness in the wrong places. Not surprisingly therefore, comparatively few find true happiness.
'Where and how can one find happiness? What does one have to do or not do to obtain this illusive thing called happiness?
Psalm 1 gives us the answer to these vital questions.
To begin with this psalm lists three places where happiness is not found. The man (or woman) who finds true happiness will certainly not do these three things:
Note the progression: first walking, then standing, and finally sitting with evil associates and their ways. True happiness is never found in such company or behavior. The Bible says:
|Isaiah 57:20||But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21: There is no peace, saith my Elohim, to the wicked.
The psalm then goes on to tell us where true happiness (blessing) is found. The blessed man will:
|James 1:5||If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of YaHuWaH, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.|
The results of this simple yet profound spiritual formula - of meditating on YaHuWaH 's Torah and putting it into practice - will produce blessing and happiness on an ever-increasing scale. Note that these blessings produce true happiness. They are not dependent on material wealth, possessions, power or fame, but on faithful obedience to YaHuWaH. The blessed (happy) man or woman, as the Psalmist goes on to say will:
By contrast the ungodly cannot be truly happy. They may be rich. They may be powerful or famous. They may possess an abundance of material things, but in the hidden arena of the soul, in the currency of blessing, they are bankrupt! The psalmist describes the wicked as worthless, weightless chaff.
The wicked are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
They are without substance, without happiness and spiritually dead. Oh what a terrible picture is here presented.
Psalm 1 is not just a Treasure Map pointing the way to eternal blessing, happiness and life. It also predicts the terrible outcome of all who choose to ignore its priceless directions. It tells us that the ungodly face a fearsome future. Consider this awesome verse.
In other words the ungodly will be condemned on the Day of Judgment and, what is more, they will lose their eternal inheritance when the righteous enter the Kingdom of Elohim. Oh what a fearsome day that will be, when millions of souls come to understand the value of the eternal treasures they have foolishly rejected.
We must never delude ourselves into thinking that the Almighty is unaware of what we do: and that our good (and bad) deeds somehow escape His notice. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that the Most High can - if He wants to - become acquainted with every detail of our lives. Nothing is beyond His investigative powers. If He chose He could break into every sensitive and private area of your soul and examine every detail of your life. But He doesn't do this. He respects our privacy and doesn't barge into our private lives. On the great Day of Judgment all the facts will be unveiled. If we do not ask forgiveness now and accept salvation through His only begotten Son YAHUSHUA now, we will be condemned on that appointed day.
This means He knows the course the righteous are following. He not only knows their course, but He knows their destination. Did not the Savior say in John 14:6, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
It is absolutely impossible to exaggerate the importance of this truth: that YAHUSHUA the Messiah is the way to true happiness and everlasting life.
Sad to say, eternal life will not be given to the ungodly. In the end, at the judgment they will be sentenced to eternal death!
In other words, those living outside YaHuWaH 's will shall perish. As the prophet Malachi wrote:
|Malachi 4:1||For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2: But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3: And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot.
Psalm 1 has been called the Perfect Psalm, because in many ways it is the foundation on which all the other psalms rest. It tells of how faith and obedience is the only path to true and lasting happiness. Believers should try to memorize this psalm. It has only six verses! Remember it contains a spiritual formula for everlasting happiness and true success. No one can afford to ignore it? Other verses that spell out the way to true happiness in this and the life to come are: