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“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1)!

In the continuing pursuit of understanding a “blessed” existence, the nuances of the text reveal that it stands in contrast to the existence pursued by the crowds. The blessed “man” of the passage is singular while all three antagonists are plural. The life resulting in blessedness is truly the road less traveled; the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 5:14). It is a journey against the tide and the prevailing herd mentality; that doesn’t go along to get along. He does not give his ear to many, knowing that whoever captures the ear eventually controls the heart.


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