Homily on Psalm 1.

1 Happy are those

who do not follow the advice of the wicked,

or take the path that sinners tread,

or sit in the seat of scoffers;

2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law they meditate day and night.

3 They are like trees

planted by streams of water,

which yield their fruit in its season,

and their leaves do not wither.

In all that they do, they prosper.

4 The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

With Frankl’s help, the men in the camps kept in their minds the memories of their wives, and sought to survive to see them again. When they were forced to march for miles or work through the night, the men would quite literally hold each other up, and for those on the verge of suicide, Frankl would whisper in their ears that there was hope.

Yet, it is two different things to hear these truths and to live them.

Our world is quite divorced from that of a prison camp.

God designed His people for a purpose,and I think Frankl properly glimpsed that purpose.

God designed His people for a purpose, and attempting to live outside that purpose is like using a knife to hammer in nails.

Yet God designed His people for a purpose, and nothing can prevent God from shaping His creation in that direction.

God designed His people for a purpose, and He has not left us to get there by ourselves.

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Lorne Jaques

Writer. Teacher. Pastor. Interpreter of strange times, and aspiring polymath.