Blessed By Balance

Psalms 1:1-6 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Text Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not . . . nor standeth . . . nor sitteth . . . and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

I think it would be safe to say everyone wants to be happy. While I may have met people that weren’t happy, I’ve never meet anyone that didn’t want to be. Before us is a description of a truly happy individual. The word “Blessed” means more than happy, it means “Oh how happy!” Of the many things that could be said about this man, I want to focus on one that is neglected; balance! Some try to attain happiness by conforming to a list of don’ts while others attempt to complete a list of do’s. Neither usually succeeds in their quest for happiness. They either bog down in the ditch of legalism or become stranded in the swamp of liberalism. Both are paths leading away from the highway of happiness! You will notice in the text that all the don’ts in verse 1 are balanced with the do’s in verse2. In verse 1 there is the omission of sinful practices and in verse2 there is the commission of scriptural principles. The truth is that only balance makes it possible to accomplish either and when balance is applied; both will be accomplished! The practice of scriptural principles will enhance your ability to omit sinful practices and omitting sinful practices will increase your ability to apply scriptural principles. If you want to truly be happy as a child of God, try balancing your do’s and your don’ts for a balanced Christian is a blessed one!