Psalm 1

Michael Kramer
Originally published on January 1st, 2021
"Journey trough the Psalms" is a compilation of journal notes and meditations written by several staff and members of our church. The content is intended as a complementary material as you read one psalm a day.

January 1: Psalm 1

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,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

   and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 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.

4 Not so the wicked!

   They are like chaff

   that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the  


   nor sinners in the assembly of the


6 For the Lord watches over the way of the


   but the way of the wicked leads to    


Psalm 1 - this Psalm is considered by many scholars to be the summation Psalm of the entire Psalter (or book of Psalms). In it the Psalmist clearly contrasts the ultimate outcome of the righteous and wicked. Highlighted is each individual’s choice of path, and the blessing received from being “firmly planted” in God’s Word.

Consider joining us and “planting” yourself in the Psalms over the next 150 days. If you miss a day here or there no worries, just keep plodding on with us.

BTW - I’m pretty sure that the tree depicted in Psalm 1 is a live oak.

Michael Kramer