Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1 (NRSV)

There is only one Way. There are not two paths that diverge in a wood, not many roads to one destination, not even many roads to many destinations. There is but one way: either we are walking the Way towards God or we are walking away from God. I know this seems black and white, but there is no “in-between” between life and death.

The way the wicked walk, the path that rejoices in sin, leads to perishing. Even sitting and resting with those who make light of the revelation of God puts us in danger of finding our life nothing but chaff, driven here and there by the winds of change and consumed in the fire of the judgement. The way of the sinners leads to everywhere but to God’s in-gathering of his people to Himself.

Those gathered are the righetous. Planted in God’s country, the river of life feeds them and their fruit comes at the right time. They are ever green and filled with life. They are the ones who find delight in God’s words, and they take the revelation of God seriously, bringing into their deepest parts. The Lord watches over their way, guiding them along the way to their destination in His arms.

I want to be no where else but with the righteous.

Too often I find my self among the perishing, not pointing toward the Way but rather sitting on their couch. This is not where I want my place to be, oh my Lord! Teach me again and again and again to delight in the Law of Life that has come from Your lips, and to dwell on who You are and the life of love you are calling me to live.