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Psalm 1: Blessed Is The Woman

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Today, I was reading Psalm 1.

Here’s the text of the first three verses:

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
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,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Whenever I slow down enough to think about Psalm 1, I always get a blessing. I’d like you to get a blessing, too, so let’s slow down and do a bit of what they call meditating on God’s Word together, shall we?

What does it mean to “not walk in in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers”?

I think it has to do with listening to the wrong people when it comes to making decisions on how I’m going to live my life. Perhaps at times it might mean not hanging around certain people if I find that their influence is dragging me down more than my influence is lifting them up. It’s a fine line, isn’t it? Jesus loved and associated with all types of people. But the Son of God didn’t allow the priorities of those with worldly goals to affect or change His priorities. And that’s what the psalmist is referring to here, I think. That we must not allow our minds to become molded by those with foolish priorities.

So what are the right priorities? Whatever God thinks is important.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

So I ask myself, does God’s Word still delight my soul? Do I find myself literally meditating on it, allowing it to renew my mind and my spirit? The Holy Spirit teaches us, and breathes life into us – but we have to give Him a chance to do it. And I think it’s important to ASK Him to do it, too. “Holy Spirit, would you renew my mind? Would you please teach me today, and breathe Your life into me today, so that as things come up today, I tackle them with the wisdom that You give? And not with my same old, predictable, exhausted, sinful responses? I want Your mind to operate inside of me, please. I’m so tired of failing.”

(Does this kind of prayer tip you off that I have a teenager?)

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.”

Whenever I read this part of the psalm, the same picture comes to my mind. When we lived in Nashville, we had a creek (that creek of beaver and snapping turtle fame) in our backyard that had beautiful trees growing beside it. These trees were magnificent. Had they fallen, they would have completely decimated our little house. In springtime, a beautiful purple wisteria plant climbed my favorite tree, and then the tree would burst into full leaf, and provide shade and shelter, and really, it was so huge it seemed to reach into heaven. But the reason that it grew to become so tall and magnificent was that it was firmly planted by a stream of living water. That creek nourished it lovingly, and the tree, consequently, flourished.

And that’s how I want to be. Nourished by the living water of the Word of God and His Life-Giving Spirit. Equipped to do the job I was made to do. To yield my fruit in season, my leaves not withering. This morning those words “yielding my fruit IN SEASON ” jumped out at me. That right now (in particular with my teenager) I’m not seeing much fruit from my work. But if I will persevere, in season, and at the proper season, I will see fruit.

So anyway, that’s what I was thinking about this morning.

As the psalmist almost says, “Blessed is the Woman”.

Delight in God’s Word. Meditate on it. You’ll bear fruit. That’s the way these things work, and you can bank on it, if you will just persevere.


Saturday 15th of January 2022

I was Googling ‘does psalm 1 apply to women’ considering, the Hebrew seems specific that man is man, and I came upon you page. Lovely read, though my question remains the same. From you blog, it is clear that you believe the ‘man’ applies to women also. Pls kindly explain. Thanks.


Saturday 30th of December 2023

@Susan Williams, I am in California by the way at 5:50 AM our time.


Saturday 30th of December 2023

@Susan Williams, Hello there! And blessings for a beautiful Saturday, January the 30th! I came across your page as I was searching for Psalm 46:5. I was just gifted this scripture on a bracelet by one of my sister girls at church, whose name happens to be Susan Williams also (smiling) I was blown away to find this your page.. What were the chances? LOL! And here I am reading your blog from 2009 as though it was just written for me this morning. A “renewing of my mind” is a daily devotional I’ve been trying to follow and requesting a “falling fresh of The HOLY SPIRIT” because the WORD still lives today as it did back then in the Old Testament, and New. Testament. The way I understand it is; The WORD refers to Jerusalem. However, I too believe it refers to us, beings we are the church and bride of Christ. I can appreciate your using Galatians 3:28, everything in the Old Testament is affirmed in one way or another in the New Testament. ONLY GOD. ONLY GOD would give us such a constant and consistent reassurance of HIS promise for our lives. As I mentioned, I was searching Psalm 46:5, but the LORD knows I needed Psalm 1 today. I’m glad I searched and was redirected, again I say , “ONLY GOD”.

Thank you Susan Williams, you see as you stated; “Delight in God’s Word. Meditate on it. You’ll bear fruit. That’s the way these things work, and you can bank on it, if you will just persevere”.

If I follow Psalm 1 (and it is in my heart to do so) it WILL take me forward to the promise of Psalm 46:5 “GOD is within her, she will not fail; GOD WILL help her at break of day”.

And here I am at 5:28 AM finishing off today’s meditation in preparation for a renewing yet again of my mind as I prepare in prayer and meditation for a new year and getting the answer I was searching for in a way that ONLY GOD can give. The POWER in the WORD when it speaks moves me tears. PRAISE GOD. It is a “falling fresh of the Holy Spirit” and I do bank on that. (Smiling)

Susan Williams

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

It never occurred to me that it wouldn't apply to women. The closest I can come to justifying my opinion is the verse from Galatians 3:28: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." I believe the Bible is God's Word - both old and new testament. I realize I am using a new testament verse to justify my opinion on an old testament verse, and that may not follow, for you, but that's the best I've got. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it!


Wednesday 7th of January 2009

I've been pondering this question for a while "What does it mean to walk ing the counsel of the wicked..." Does it count as wicked counsel only if you KNOW it to be wicked? or is it dependent upon many other factors? Is it by MY definition or the definition of the counselor? Is it wicked if it's simply 'new' or outside the norm?Is it wicked solely if it comes from one who claims no belief in what I believe? too many questions.I used to read it as pretty dang straightforward and easy. Like, don't listen to the gangster or criminal. The world's a little fuzzier now and I'm aware that wicked counsel comes in many forms - sometimes I don't recognize it as wicked until much later.sigh... maybe I should just shut up now. =)


Monday 5th of January 2009

you go girl!


Monday 5th of January 2009

That's good stuff, Susan!I've been starting my days with a couple of devotions (In Touch and Our Daily Bread) and an inductive study on Philippians. It's easy to just read and get it done. It's harder to stop my busyness and truly meditate and sit in His presence.Our small group did a study of Disciplines for the Christian Life last year and it really spoke to me. Meditation was one of the disciplines that we as Americans don't devote much time to.

Thankful Paul

Monday 5th of January 2009

After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. ECCLESIASTES 12:13 TEV