How blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the path of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

Rather, his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates both day and night.

He is like a tree planted near the streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf doesn't wither.
Everything he does prospers.

Not so are the wicked!
They are like the chaff that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Would you describe your life as being like a healthy tree with roots refreshed by a nearby stream? This psalm was written by the busy King David. He saw that spending time with God, thinking about what is written in the Bible, and taking the counsel of the Bible to heart, would be like sinking roots into a cool stream in the desert land of Israel.

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Updated by Ron Miller in October 2016