Psalm 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,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a TREE planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like 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 leads to destruction.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


This is the first long Bible verse I remember trying to memorize.  I remember when I was a teenager first trying to do the whole follow Jesus thing, I was terrified to memorize scripture.  There was this fear that if I did, people would accuse me of being brainwashed, and unloving.  The truths in scripture can sound so harsh.  God is painfully truthful to benefit us, though.  He’s a lot more concerned with our well-being than if our feelings initially get hurt.  He’s faithful, and genuinely loves us, so wants what is best for us.  When you receive Jesus, you get, while on this earth, a taste of what God is really like-not the distortions ritualistic religions haze or pandering to other people’s long-term unhappiness give you.  The truth is, your brain is conditioned by something.  Some forms are music we surround ourselves with, things we choose to read; people we choose to surround ourselves with.  While I believe there are temperament tendencies, what we come in contact with is big in forming our thought patterns, and ultimately who we become.




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