Saturday Psalm (1d)

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.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  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.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:1-6

As I read this Psalm and think about the blessed man and how to be a little more like him, I can’t help but notice something.  The blessed man is established and fruitful.  He  prospers.  He is like a tree planted by the rivers of water.  His fruit lasts even beyond his years.  But the contrast of the ungodly man is a stark one.  The ungodly is compared to chaff that blows away in the wind.

The thing that strikes me about this ungodly man is the complete waste of his life.  He is chaff that the wind blows away.  There is nothing about him that remains.  He is born.  He goes through life.  And then he dies.  And none of it matters.  Nothing he does lasts.  Everything in his entire life is gone in an instant.

There was an old commercial that used to say “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.”  While that is true, an even greater truth is that a life is a terrible thing to waste.  But this is exactly the plight of the ungodly man.

The only way to make your life count is to live it for the Lord.  How are we doing?

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