It's All About Partnership - Reflections On Psalm 1

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 (KJV)

As humans, left to ourselves we will most likely take the pathway of least resistance in life. We often say we need to learn to work smarter, not harder. That's good advice. It doesn't make sense to climb a 3,000 foot cliff face when there is a paved road to the summit. The hardest way is not necessarily the smartest or the right way.

How about the way we live? What pathway are we choosing to walk down every day? Are we choosing the way that is familiar to us? This fist Psalm is all about finding the path that God has made. That path guarantees that he will walk with us.

The word knoweth used in verse 6 is a deliberate choice of words. It speaks of a close, intimate relationship shared exclusively between two people, particularly a husband and wife. It is a relationship of walking together in partnership down the same path. The point this first Psalm is trying to make is that when we begin to live out our lives like this, we will be blessed because God will partner with us because we are joining with him in his way. The result will be blessing and fruitfulness all the days of our life. The contrast shown here is that those who choose the opposite path will be walking alone, outside of God's blessing which will lead to destruction.

It is important to note that this Psalm is not implying that righteousness is the result of doing certain things. It is the other way around. We are made righteous through relationship, or partnering with God, which results in a natural lifestyle marked by these things. Righteous actions are not the pathway to relationship with God. Relationship with God opens up the pathway for us to begin living righteously. As a husband, I don't do certain things so I can stay married. No! Because I am married I naturally behave in certain ways. My relationship with my wife dictates my behavior, not the other way around.

Today, choose the pathway of relationship and partner with God to walk in his way rather than your way or the way of the world around you. When you do that, your way of life will be transformed by that relationship and you will begin to enjoy a fruitfulness in life that previously has been unknown to you.
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