Friday, February 24, 2017

Off the air

I will be "off the air" for a few days of head-clearing retreat and renewal.

Psalm 1 -- happiness and righteousness

First there is this:

Psalm 1

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.

[Source: King James Version of the Holy Bible]

And there is this personal postscript:

I previously posted notice of my interest in reading poetry, especially because it is -- to my mind -- the literary form in which searchers for truth can be most often rewarded.

The foregoing, Psalm 1, is an early exemplar of a special type of poetry (psalms: sacred songs of praise sung to musical accompaniment; sources of truth and wisdom), and it comes from an important source: the Holy Bible.

Here is a brief explication: The key word is the word "blessed," which is, I suppose, open to interpretation, depending upon a person's beliefs, and the psalm presents readers with three important concepts as an introduction to the 149 remaining Psalms -- the righteous (the fruitful and prosperous people who avoid evil influences), the ungodly (the unfruitful and unprosperous "chaff"), and God (omniscient and judgmental). As a "wisdom psalm," one of fifteen in The Book of Psalms, Psalm 1 emphasizes the practical necessity of righteousness versus wickedness; of course, how different people define those abstractions remains crucial to individual explications.

Now, let me close this posting by (1) making a provocative statement and (2) offering you a multi-part question:

(1) Even though the psalm is written by someone who believes in God (i.e. "the LORD"), there is much universal truth contained within the six verses for all people, even those who do not believe in God (i.e., the happy person is one who avoids the evil influences, deeds, and attitudes of scornful people).

(2) What does this psalm "say" to you? Do you think the Holy Bible is a book worthwhile only for people who believe in God? Do you embrace or reject the reading of poetry (and other genres) within the Holy Bible? Why? 

Important Editorial Postscript:
I have hit the wrong Blogger functions and accidentally deleted all previous postings. I apologize for my carelessness. I must now move forward, and I hope you will join me. Onward!