Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Psalms: 1

Psalm One

Happy and free is the person that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of fellowship with “sinners,” and sits not in the seat of the scornful and the Accuser;

Yet, when compelled, they will walk a mile with those who ask; they will pray for their enemies; and they will agree while they are in the way with their adversaries.

Their delight is in the new law of the Lord; and in His way do they pray always, and immerse themselves in meditation day and night.

And they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, whose fruit is desirable to make one happy. They shall bring forth their white and delicious fruit in season; their leaves also shall not wither; and all things they do shall prosper.

They are free forever, for they act and are not acted upon. The works of the Father are shown forth in their exceeding faith and good works. And they are called with a holy calling, and prepared with a preparatory redemption.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away, or the house which is built upon the sand. They have had joy in their works for a season; but when the rain descends and the floods come, and the winds blow and beat upon that house, great will be the fall of it.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the day of glory, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For because of the traditions of their fathers, they will be bound to stakes of men in robes of white. Their uttered curses will fall upon their own heads.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, and His sheep hear His voice, which has been poured out to all that they may be proven and show forth their works. But the way of the ungodly shall perish, for it is as a serpent which consumes itself, or as a dream of a night vision—even as a hungry man who dreams of eating, but he awakens and his soul is empty; or as a thirsty woman who dreams of drinking, but she awakens and her soul is faint. And their souls have appetite but cannot be filled.

But let us not scorn or dismiss our brethren, be they righteous or ungodly. If we do so, our faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must have charity; for if he has not charity he is nothing.

And charity suffers long, and is kind, and envies not, and is not puffed up, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, and rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

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