I love listening to Russell teach Psalm 1 because he explains things in ways that make sense. After reading the first Psalm at a church north of Houston, Russell looked out at the assembled crowd and said, “Blessed is: Ahhhhhhh, things are right!” 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, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
The psalm goes on to describe a tree that is planted by streams of water. If we want to grow fully into our God-given potential and live “ahhhhhhhh,” then we need to stop mocking and scoffing and instead drink deeply from God’s wisdom. Then we will be like a healthy tree: Fruitful when the season is right, knowing there is a time to work and a time for play. We will also be Fresh as we breathe out confessions of sin and breathe in God’s peace. As well as being fruitful and fresh, we will be Fulfilled when we know that we are created to represent Jesus, whatever our individual role in society may be.
This first psalm introduces an ongoing theme that contrasts the concepts of living for God (the righteous) and living for self (the wicked). There is a difference between delighting in the Lord and living selfishly. God blesses the righteous and He watches, helps, and comforts them; not so for the wicked.