Psalms 1: What Happens When We Follow God?
Well, we made it to the longest book in the Bible. Psalms 1 is a pretty well-known chapter, and it begins in a very important way.
Psa 1:1 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.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Basically, we are blessed when we put our trust in the right places. If we avoid the advice of those who are not followers of God and ultimately put our trust in God to follow Him, we are going to be blessed.
Of course, this does seem to lead to the question of what the blessing would be.
Psa 1:3 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.
I don’t think that this talk about some kind of prosperity gospel. Rather, it seems as if we are talking about security. First, we are planted by the river. Trees that are planted are hard to move. Then because of that foundation, everything else will follow from that.
We will bring forth fruit which reminds me of the fruit of the spirit. Perhaps the imagery was meant to be similar here. We are going to bless other people with these gifts. Also, it mentions leaves not withering. In nature, if they did wither, it would be a sign that the tree was dying. By being planted in this spot, we are going to have sustenance. God will help us remain strong.
Finally, whatever we do will prosper. If you look at the original Hebrew, they are naturally a few ways to translate this word into English. This word does not always need to mean something financial. At other times, it simply means that you do very well at whatever you are doing. Perhaps we will not get rich, but if we are living for God, we will “do well.” What does that mean? We will be blessed by God in some capacity.
Now we can bring it all back together. When we put our trust in God and live a life that follows Him, we are going to bless other people, remain strong in our faith and ultimately be blessed ourselves although not necessarily financially.
If you are Christian, think about this. It all starts with the following God. Are we doing that right now?