Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
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 watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1, NRSV)
No Christian thinks it’s a good idea to follow the advice of wicked people. Or to live the way sinners live. Or the hang out with those who scoff at God. We’ve all been trained better than that.
But do we go so far as to take our delight in the law of the Lord, in the Bible? Are we nerdy enough about our faith that we actually spend gobs of time not only reading, but actually wallowing in the Bible? Do we think about it, ponder it, study it, puzzle over it, meditate on it? Is it a passion with us?
The Bible is an endless stream of refreshment. If we put our roots down next to it, we will never want for water. We will be fruitful and we won’t wither when the heat is on. We will carry on with it.
Wicked people don’t do that, and they are swept away. Righteous people do that and they stand.
What about the lukewarm, the in-betweeners? I’d rather not find out.