When God blesses, He pours out His blessing on those whom He loves. In Psalm 1, that is “the man.”
Who is that? For many people, this passage is talking about Jesus. Jesus was the ultimate man. Who was more blessed than our Lord Himself? It’s interesting to note that Psalms 1 and 2 can easily be taken together as a single work. In fact, the Talmud (the Old Testament text used by the rabbis) does just that. That is significant because Psalm 2 clearly is referring to Jesus.
The blessed man in Psalm 1, however, is more generic than that. The blessed man is you and me. It is every one of us, struggling to live a life that is honoring and obedient to God’s Word. The point of Psalm 1 is to teach every one of us the importance of God’s Word in our lives.
This 6 verse song is the opening address to the reader of the Psalms. It is an introduction to the largest book in the Bible and its intent is to point out that there is a pathway to a good relationship with God.
Don’t let it worry you that it uses the term “man”. Three thousand years ago, it was normal to address the man of the family. This verse was written for all of us to read and learn from.
The main thing that the author of this Psalm wants you to learn is this: living a void and honoring life before the Lord can be done, but it has to be intentional. It is something you construct out of good habits and some discipline. A good life doesn’t just happen. A good life is a choice that we make and something that we work at.
Tomorrow: how do we set ourselves up for success?