Tehillim One: Praise

“The praises of a man are that he did not follow the counsel of the wicked, neither did he stand in the way of sinners nor sit in the company of scorners (Psalms 1:1).” This opening verse reads almost like a list of superlatives. What are the things that we aspire to be praised for today? Being good at work, likable, good human beings? Are we proud of being independent, or of being good listeners? Or is it like this verse, and what we’re praised for is our relationships, and the company we do [or don’t] keep? The people we spend the most time with us tend to be a reflection of our values and priorities. Therefore, just like in this verse, we should commend people for choosing good company and avoiding the bad.

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