Let righteousness burst into blossom and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.Psalm 72:7 (MSG)
On the 27th day of January, the Lord impressed it on my heart to delve into the book of Psalms- he was preparing me for something. I was already studying the Bible beginning from the Torah and believe me, I was mining gold from it.
The thought of getting to the book of Psalms was electrifying, to say the least. The Bible says that the entrance (unfolding) of the Word is light and gives understanding to the simple. I knew that I was someone who most people would describe as plain and easy to understand- not like I wanted to be complicated and mysterious. I was excited about the Word which I had been studying more this year to make me shrewdly prudent in my dealings.
God does not want us to be simple. A simple man is someone who is open-minded towards people and things. The only thing we should be open-minded about is the Word and the only one we should be open-minded towards, is the Spirit of Christ and He is found in the hearts of believers; never doubt him.
So without further ado, Psalms 1 vs 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”. KJV.
I love how Strong’s Concordance renders his verse:
You will be happy if you don’t follow the advice and the prudence of the world, nor become grounded in the approach to life of the guilty (those who have not accepted the love of the Father), nor marry the ideas of the unbelieving, the faithless.
Before I go ahead to summarize this translation of mine, I’d like to say a few things:
- The people of the world have a form of wisdom. They are careful about certain things. If you want to be happy, do not be like them. Be neither careful nor careless, but be free from the grip of cares.
- Those who live in guilt of both the things they did and the ones that they didn’t do have an approach to life unique to them, one of which is that they try so hard to impress God resulting in constant fear of both the known and unknown. You are already in the love of the Father, so do not stoop so low to be like them.
- The unbelieving and the faithless have ideas and logic that may seem sound. But they will leave you drained. They trust their senses, the things that the eyes can see and the mind can comprehend, and they mock and ridicule you if you act and speak on the impulse of the Spirit. They make fun of you and tease you, saying that your decisions are silly. Some of them may be in the church; they pray as you do and fast too but would shun you if you ever say that God told you a thing. They’d tell you to prove it. Do not be like that because the just shall live by faith.
Finally dear saint, you will be happy if you walk in love, stand by faith and sit in the unshakable authority of heavenly places, in God’s presence.