The Path of Righteousness
Psalm one paints a cut and dried picture in which the righteous prosper and the wicked perish, their respective attitudes to God’s law (Torah) determining their linal condition. The Psalm provides the reader with the familiar choice of two paths, one that leads to blessing, the other to destruction. The decision is in the hands of the individual. The blessing which opens Psalm one is in the plural and can be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of man" a most extravagant expression of blessing It can also be translated “bliss”, which captures something of the super-abundance of God's spiritual and material provision for those who follow His path. The Hebrew word for “blessed” is esher, which is derived from ashar, meaning to go or walk straight. There is a direct correlation in Scriptural teaching between uprightness and blessing, a principle enshrined in the Law of Moses. It is one of the prerequisites of the Christian life. To give just one example among many, Scripture commands us "to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments that the LORD your God may bless you." (Deuteronomy 30:16).