Christian Devotions
By Ross Freeman

The Blessed Man

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1 NKJ)

The blessed man is the one who shuns advice or council of the ungodly and wicked. But instead delights in the law of the Lord, or the lifestyle God expects His people to live.

To meditate or ponder is to shut out any outside influences or distractions. It is to contemplate the word of God by speaking it out loud, repeating certain passages that God has brought to our attention, to store them in the innermost parts of the heart, where they can be retrieved when needed. Save them to your inner hard drive.

God intends for us to prosper; in our family, our children, our marriage, our business, our ministry, our jobs, our health, and our finances. It means what God says: everything. However, we must do our part; we must be committed to putting His word into action and praying His word if we want answers and they come in God’s time not ours.

For the ungodly there is no Godly prosperity, for they, like the chaff, have no substance and no stability and are easily blown around by the winds of adversity. They will not be able to stand in God’s presence as the righteous do, but like the chaff they will perish.

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