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