The last chance to do something with the opportunities of 365 days of 2014 is gone, over, and lost. The 8,760 hours have ticked-tocked themselves away, and they have joined Grandfather Time in the hallowed halls of history.
At the stroke of midnight, the future became present, and it gifted us with a new year full of fresh opportunities and precarious choices. The challenge of 2015 is to recognize the divergent path that lies within each decision you will make.
This divergence is seen in the lucid language of David as he chronicles the lives of the blessed man and the ungodly. Notice the distinctive contrasts between the two. As you read this first Psalm on this first day of 2015, I hope it will inspire you to be discriminating in the decisions you make, and resolve to live the blessed life throughout this year.
Psalm One (Amplified Version) . . .
1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor [b]sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God].
6 For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).