There is something powerful about the first chapter of a book. Recently I have been struggling to finish my way through the study of Genesis 1. As a way to take a bunny trail I read Psalm 1. The first three verses hit me like a brick. Just think… anything that the believer described in this Psalm does is bound to prosper. If there are any Hebrew scholars reading this, I am very curious about the meaning of this word in Hebrew. I know that it must be much deeper than the fruitlessness of the 21st century “prosperity gospel”. My guess about how it relates to the rest of these first three verses is that it means that if the believer described in this Psalm meditates on the law of the Lord day and night… then anything he does… housework, social work, parenting, pastoring, etc., will prosper because it will be done in the integrity and inspiration of the law of God.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NAS)
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”