Peace in the midst of Violence
St. Andrews MTC Yonkers, NY
1. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Do we think we are blessed? No, not the car we drive or the driveway we park it in, or our family life, or the job that pays for everything, but us... are we blessed?
Blessed comes from esher (content or happy) and esher comes from ashar (right or straight). It reminds us to be content with our circumstances and to walk honest, clean, and pure lives. It mentions nothing of what we foolishly and readily substitute as blessed.
To be blessed requires us to refrain from that which God disapproves. The psalmist uses three main verbs: walk, stand, and sit. This is the pattern of the destructor. First we walk by or along, then we become more intrigued and stand around, until finally we are so involved and comfortable that we grab a front row seat. A pattern that the world conveniently makes so accessible.
Dear Lord, help us to invest our days and nights that You have given us, on knowing You more, that we may live blessed lives for You. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Blessedness is to be found in true repentance, a willingness to forsake and turn from sin, and turn to God and His righteousness." David Legge