The other word I was fascinated with was "chaff." I didn't have a clue what it was and didn't bother to ask or look it up. I thought it was one of the gross-sounding words like moist or chunk. I pictured something flaky and floating through the air like dandruff. I know - I was (and still am...) a total weirdo. Chaff is actually the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing. Maybe not as gross as dandruff - but floats just as easily.
Anyhooo ... This passage begins this book of poetry - essentially a book of prayers. And we start out right away with what I think is the image of two roads and a description of who walks on each road.
On one road is the "wicked" - or the sinners and scoffers. The passage pretty much says this road leads to nowhere.
On the other road are the "righteous" and those walking on this road recognize that the road belongs to God and that God is watching over it.
The psalmist also give us this image of a tree. Those who depend on God are like a tree with deep roots that can flourish even when things are not so great.
So here's what I am thinking about this week:
This passage talks about two kinds of people. Those who love and follow God are considered “righteous,” and those who do not follow God’ and hurt other people are called “wicked.”
righteous people = trees and wicked people = chaff.