Psalms 1:1
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1  Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent;

ash-ray ha-EESH a-SHER LO ha-LAKH ba-a-TZAT r’-sha-EEM uv-DE-rekh KHA-ta-eem LO a-MAD uv-mo-SHAV lay-TZEEM LO ya-SHAV

א  אַשְׁרֵי־הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים וּבְדֶרֶךְ חַטָּאִים לֹא עָמָד וּבְמוֹשַׁב לֵצִים לֹא יָשָׁב׃

 1:1   Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked

King David begins Sefer Tehillim, a collection of songs of praise for the Lord, by focusing on man. His first action is to walk, in Hebrew halakh (הלך), and immediately upon setting out on his journey he is forced to decide which path he should take: righteous or wicked, fruitful or barren. This ‘walking’ reminds us of God’s first words to Avraham directing him to travel to the Land of Israel, lech lecha (לך לך), ‘Go forth’ (Genesis 12:1), and more significantly, kum hithalekh ba’aretz (קום התהלך בארץ), ‘Arise, walk about the land’ (Genesis 13:17). David may have been reminding us that while praising God transcends time and place, Sefer Tehillim was written in the Land of Israel, the ancient walking grounds of our forefathers.

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  • Obedience is an act of loving Hashem with all of our heart soul and mind. It is wanting to please the One who loved us first, it is denying, our will and submitting to His. Obedience is an act in which one makes G-d smile!

  • King David loved God with all his heart and soul. He gave his all to God and wanted to teach his people and share his love of God with them. He wanted to spread his love and his truth of God and the debt of that relationship with the Jewish peoples. He also knew with that love it came with great responsibilities. Great truths and life long commitments. The love of God in all its ways and performances must be kept pure as directed from the days of Moses in the days the the desert from the Tabernacle. God was to become and stay everything to the Jewish peoples.

  • A man should not walk alone but walk with Gd by seeking Him with all of his/her heart, soul and body. Gd should be sought out earnestly and obedience to Gd’s will is what is required for success.

    • “Obedience to God’s will is what is required for success” – that is exactly what King David describes in the rest of the chapter! In verse 3, for example, he says that one who adheres to God’s laws is like a tree that will grow fruit at the right time and whose leaves will not wither, and he will prosper in whatever he does. The wicked, on the other hand, will perish (verse 6).

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