Daily Devotion – May 11, 2018

Psalm 1 Verses 4-6

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


Devotion by Laurie Spencer


The first three verses of Psalm 1 sing the praises of godly people and tells all the good stuff that’s going to happen to them. That’s the team I want to be on! How about you?


But then we move on to verses 4-6 and we find out that all the wicked people are in for a rough ride to destruction. Clearly we don’t want to be on that team.  But we each might know somebody who might qualify for the wicked team.  You know, that ‘other guy.’


The question I grapple with when reading the first six verses together, is who is 100% good?  And who Is completely 100% bad? These versus leave no wiggle room for the nature of humanity. For there is good and bad in all of God’s children. When I was a member of the Unitarian Church of Rockville, Maryland in the early 90s we had an extraordinary minister, Reverend Sarah Moores Campbell. Sarah started every worship service with this beautiful saying:


“There is no human being who does not carry a treasure in the soul;

a moment of insight,

a memory of life,

a dream of excellence,

a call to worship.”


When Sarah left to go onto a different congregation we all received a beautiful calligraphy copy of her quote.  It has been framed in my home for the last 27 years.


I struggled with what to write about verses 4-6 of Psalm 1 until I remembered my treasured framed copy of Sarah’s quote. This phrase, I realize, has formed my faith. I am compelled to look at all six verses together and know that we are all on the good team and we are all on the wicked team.  Even the most damaged can be redeemed and the most holy can fall.



Father, Mother God, loving me, forgive my sins.  Help me to be the best person that I can be.  And help me to love all my fellow human beings.


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