Psalm 1: The two directions
“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked?” [holman study bible]
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” [king James version]
The word happy, “blessedness of” refers to the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing that one is right with God, even though at times conflict with the world may bring disagreements.
The poem written on our first post “Oh what it is`to be a Christian” refers to this kind of Happiness [blessedness of knowing]
The second part of this verse “the advice of the wicked” [hsb]
“Not the counsel of the ungodly” [kjv]
We need the advice of unbelievers through life on technical issues, such as doctors and lawyers [not all doctors and lawyers are unbelievers just examples of people we may need advice from] But with the things pertaining to God, moral issues, and faithfulness we need more than just the counsel of man. We need that joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing Him.
From the poem again: “the light real Christians follow is the everlasting Presence of God”.
Don’t be confused; the ‘happy’ refered to in the first translation [hsb]
is ‘thye blessed’ in the [kjv]
Comes from the original Hebrew ‘esher, [eh’-sher] happiness, which literally means we have the Blessed assurance of who He is and that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Think about that over your morning coffee, think about that over those stress inducing moments, think about that when the giants around you rear their ugly heads and try to beat you into submission. He will never leave you or forsake you.
So today be Happy, and hold onto that blessed assurance of who he is!