Getting to the Basics - Psalm 1
(א) אַ֥שְֽׁרֵי־הָאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֤ר ׀ לֹ֥א הָלַךְ֮ בַּעֲצַ֪ת רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים וּבְדֶ֣רֶךְ חַ֭טָּאִים לֹ֥א עָמָ֑ד וּבְמוֹשַׁ֥ב לֵ֝צִ֗ים לֹ֣א יָשָֽׁב׃ (ב) כִּ֤י אִ֥ם בְּתוֹרַ֥ת יְהוָ֗ה חֶ֫פְצ֥וֹ וּֽבְתוֹרָת֥וֹ יֶהְגֶּ֗ה יוֹמָ֥ם וָלָֽיְלָה׃ (ג) וְֽהָיָ֗ה כְּעֵץ֮ שָׁת֪וּל עַֽל־פַּלְגֵ֫י מָ֥יִם אֲשֶׁ֤ר פִּרְי֨וֹ ׀ יִתֵּ֬ן בְּעִתּ֗וֹ וְעָלֵ֥הוּ לֹֽא־יִבּ֑וֹל וְכֹ֖ל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה יַצְלִֽיחַ׃ (ד) לֹא־כֵ֥ן הָרְשָׁעִ֑ים כִּ֥י אִם־כַּ֝מֹּ֗ץ אֲ‍ֽשֶׁר־תִּדְּפֶ֥נּוּ רֽוּחַ׃ (ה) עַל־כֵּ֤ן ׀ לֹא־יָקֻ֣מוּ רְ֭שָׁעִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּ֑ט וְ֝חַטָּאִ֗ים בַּעֲדַ֥ת צַדִּיקִֽים׃ (ו) כִּֽי־יוֹדֵ֣עַ יְ֭הוָה דֶּ֣רֶךְ צַדִּיקִ֑ים וְדֶ֖רֶךְ רְשָׁעִ֣ים תֹּאבֵֽד׃
(1) Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent; (2) rather, the teaching of the LORD is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. (3) He is like a tree planted beside streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose foliage never fades, and whatever it produces thrives. (4) Not so the wicked; rather, they are like chaff that wind blows away. (5) Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners, in the assembly of the righteous. (6) For the LORD cherishes the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.

What does the Book of Psalms say about basic everyday life?

Psalm 1.

"Fortunate is the man that has not walked

in the counsel of the wicked.

Nor stood in the path of the sinners,

nor sat in the company of scorners."

"Ashrei ha ish asher lo halach

ba atsat risha'eem,

u viderech chata'eem lo amad,

u vimoshav letsee lo yashav."

Walking, standing and sitting refer to where we are and what we are doing.

The very first psalm begins not with distant esoteric truths but with practical guidelines.

Before I can begin my spiritual quest, before I can reach the heights of enlightenment, I must first learn to walk. Thus, Psalm 1 begins with the basics: how to walk, stand and sit through life.

Yet, mundane and worldly as these concerns are: Who we take counsel from, which path we stand upon, which sessions are we immersed in, what we do each moment.

As we gather these moments together,

they form a cohesive whole that becomes our life.”

As the psalmist concludes:

"Rather his desire

is in the Torah of the Lord,

and in his Torah

he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree

planted by streams of water

That yields its fruit in its season

and whose leaf does not wither.”

(from the book "Software for the Soul: Psalms for Everyone - discovering the inner meanings"

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