Psalm 1:6 (NKJV)
“For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish”
Those who read (as part of their reading) in any appointed course, such as the Psalms for the day, know what it is to look forward to welcoming some familiar beloved word which they know will be waiting for them, as sure and as shining as the coming of the stars in their order.
Psalm 1 seems to be the perfect psalm for the beginning of something new, because of verse 6, “The Lord knows the way,” the way through this new day.
I find from Young’s Concordance that the word used for ‘way’ here means ‘trodden path,’ and a new season is an untrodden path for all of us. We have not passed this way before, how then is it trodden?
The Bible is full of surprises. They belong to ‘the delightfulness of the Lord’ that we see if we dwell in His house all the days of our life. This delight is a new one to me, and it is a delight to share it. The word ‘trodden path’ is used in the prayer, “Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path…” (Psalm 27:11 NIV) That ‘straight path’ actually means ‘trodden path’ – A leader always goes before, and so the path is trodden.