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The Lord Knows the Way of the Righteous

Psalm 1
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. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will 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 wicked will perish.

How would you like to be remembered? What does your lifestyle say about you? Psalm 1 reminds us that the Lord knows the way of the righteous. The person who loves the Lord is blessed. There are two paths in life. We can choose to follow God in obedience or live in rebellion toward God. The righteous person spends time with God meditating on God's Word and applying God's Word to the way he lives his life every day. The righteous person is like a tree that has deep roots and receives nourishment from being near water to produce good fruit that is beneficial for others. As we consider what it means to grow in Christ, it is important to note that the righteous person is mindful of God's presence and spends time studying God's Word rather than being caught up in sin and scenarios that are tempting and lead us away from God.
When my father died our family chose to carve Psalm 1.1-3 and Micah 6.8 on my father's tombstone because they are scriptures that describe my father's love for God. Micah 6.8 says, "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" I am grateful I had a father who loved the Lord, spent time in the study of God's Word, taught in our church, and helped those in need. The blessing of God is a result of God's grace on us. We can find happiness and contentment in our relationship with our Father. May the fruit of our lives be a blessing to others.