Psalm 1: Reflections

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Reference: Bible Gateway

Who and what is the company you keep? Do they reflect who you want to become?

Counsel: 1) advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another. 2) interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation. 4) deliberate purpose; plan; design.

Are you constantly hearing/reading their thoughts? If so, you’re seeking counsel from them regardless if you’ve asked for it or not. Think about what’s in your social media feed – is that the type of counsel you need? Do they reflect who you want and need to be? Do they reflect God?

Look at your five closest friends. Those five friends are who you are. If you dont like who you are, then you know what you have to do.

-Will Smith

I think it’s important to first focus on who the people are in our circle/cypher. Why? Because we can start clearing the clutter, it’ll allow us to think clearer, which leads to making better decisions.

Whenever we want to make change, we must first clear our minds. It’s hard to think clear when you have a lot going on in your environment or when your environment doesn’t match where you’re aiming to go. So now that we understand that there is a need to clean up house, let’s do some work on self.

Sin: 1) transgression of divine law 4) to commit a sinful act 5) to offend against a principle, standard, etc.

Transgression: violation of a law; command

Transgressor: to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin. 2) to pass over or go beyond

From the womb, we are born into a world of sin. With divine intervention, we are reared according to God’s Law (no matter the age that we begin to tap into our Father), which excludes us from being of this world (John 17:16), but when we step out of what we’ve been taught and exceed limits, we become unhappy, feeling as if there is no peace. Peace comes with living righteously because that is what gives us a clear conscious.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches “The righteous love the the discipline of God.” If this is true, which we know it is, then that means the ungodly are those who go against The Law and justifies what God makes clear of right and wrong.

This first verse reminds us that the blessed man is the righteous. What have we done right lately and what have we comprised, according to The Law?

What is the law of the Lord?

That’s a loaded question. Let’s start with The Minister’s words.

“All growth is change, and that pattern of growth and change is dictated and directed by the evolutionary law of God that exists in nature and in all of His creation. We call Him, in English, The Lord. In Arabic the word for Lord is Rabb. From that you get Rabbi, or teacher, nurturer. Rabb means, as an attribute of God, one who nourishes a thing, making it attain stage after stage until it reaches its eventual perfection. But it is the Lord Who set that law into motion. That law is in existence for all living things; and we live in a universe of life that is constantly undergoing change.”

– The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Accept The Challenge to Change

Change: to transform or convert

Therefore, that means we are required to change, to be in a constant state of transformation. Law is motion. We must always be moving in the direction that will bring us closer to Allah (God).

How do we do live according to The Law and implement what we learn? We must first have faith. We know faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). In order to do the work of God, we must be obedient. Therefore, it’s required of us to be faithful and obedient in our works. While we work, we must remember to do unto others as we would have others do unto us. That’s the duty of the righteous and continue practicing selah.

Selah: praise and meditation

Delighta high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture

Are we pleasing to Allah (God)? Have we prayed? A morning reminder that I like to send is:

Pray before you scroll.

It is what I have to tell myself. It’s more than a thank you to God that you say when you rollover. Again, I’m talking to myself.

Meditate: 1) to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect. 2) to engage in transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection. 3) to consider as something to be done or effected; intend; purpose

Prayer is a part of meditation and meditation is a part of prayer. Meditating throughout the day and night allows us to elevate and focus.

Do we feel as if we’re growing or reversing? Depending on your answer, you know what’s needed to bring the necessary change.

  • A person who is growing needs ongoing development
  • A person who is reversing needs a reawakening

Doesn’t this tell us that we must continue to feed on The Word to ensure that His thoughts become our thoughts, regardless if we’re growing or reversing? We must remain students of life.

Isaiah 55:8-9 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

In order for us to have Allah’s (God’s) thoughts and ways, we must feed on His Words. When we not only study, but apply His Words as lessons than we put ourselves in Heaven and are able experience life beyond Earth? Aren’t you ready to explore more than this realm?

Reference: Bible Gateway

Are you grounded? 

What is your truth? Based on your truth, how does it correlate to your development?

If life consists of water, then we need water in everything we do. Brothers, if you’re married, you shall have 100% of truth. The Sister consists of 75%, while you bring 25% to the table. Did you know 1/2 of your faith is marriage? However, this post is not about marriage.

If we are following Allah, we are bearing fruit in the correct season. With you as his plant, you won’t deteriate if you follow His instructions. If not, we wither from the lack of water (truth) that we choose to deprive ourselves from.

The Moon is a reflection of The Black man and woman in the Hells of North America. Aren’t you tired of being deprived of water (life and truth)?

“Right conduct produces good character is the the same as a tree that has a water source, it will never thirst because it has been planted in the perfect condition and has a direct line to its nourishment. Seek he first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Direct line to God is the tree planted by the rivers.”

Sister Sharanda Hakim-Haqq

When we are grounded, we prosper. Are you ready to ground self? I am; it’s actually the title I gave for 2018. Let’s ground ourselves and feed on pure water from our God to ensure our leaves bloom.

Chaff: 1) the husks of grains and grasses that are separated during threshing. 2) straw cut up for fodder. 3) worthless matter; refuse.

Husks: 1) the dry external covering of certain fruits or seeds, especially of an ear of corn. 2) the enveloping or outer part of anything, especially when dry or worthless.

Threshing: 1) to separate the grain or seeds from (a cereal plant or the like) by some mechanical means, as by beating with a flail or by the action of a threshing machine. 2) to beat as if with a flail.

Flail: 1) an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar. 2) a similar instrument used as a weapon of war.

Fodder: 2) people considered as readily available and of little value

When I read this verse, it makes me think about Sza’s “Dove In The Wind” song. The title of the song sends a message that will go over most heads, meaning most will never understand what she’s referring to and what she wants men to takeaway from the song. But this isn’t about Sza. Do we want to be a dove in the wind who never receives what Allah (God) has for us? I’m sure that’s not the case. The righteous want to be like the eagle, who sees more than a dove. Also, in the case of the verse, we don’t want to be swallowed. If the wind would drive us away, that’s essentially saying that we would be taken away. That sounds worse than the dragon that drags us.

I used to have a problem with restrictive law number twelve (Do not associate with those in bad standings or out of the mosque). However, I’ve had to learn in ways I could’ve avoided had I just listen and respect The Law.

I thought if a Believer made a mistake, it was best for them to be surrounded by those (the righteous, who) they want to live like. However, if they truly wanted to live like the righteous, they would’ve abided by the law.

When one part of an apple molds, the entire apple rots. Although the mold may only appear on one side of the apple, it does not mean that the rest of the apple is edible. There are some who would cut the mold off, toss it, and eat the remains of the apple. I particularly know people who will do this with bread. If a slice of bread is molded, they will throw that slice away and eat the rest of the loaf. However, if they understood, the mold spreads, even if it’s not visible to the eye. This is the same with us as people. It’s best for those who are living other than themselves to be amongst themselves, until they are no longer toxic for the ones working towards purity.

It may sound harsh, but I’ve had to learn from personal experiences and I will no longer keep the company of those who are a virus to the mosque.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan gave us The Restrictive Laws of Islam is Our Success. Do we believe that following and living in accordance with The Law is our success?

Which leads us into the last verse, Allah (God) knows best. He gave us a teacher, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and then left one amongst us in our midst, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Do we trust Allah (God) to know the way of the righteous?

I’m sure we don’t want to perish, so let’s be the blessed man who is ready to transform and who walketh in Allah’s (God’s) way.

Perish: 1) to die or be destroyed through violence, privation 2) to pass away or disappear 3) to suffer destruction or ruin

I read where the Master was teaching by the side of the road, because the church is not a building. The church is you. Building the church is building the character of God formed in you, then Allah (God) walks when you walk; Allah (God) talks when you talk; Allah (God) acts as you act. You become the Church of God in Christ.

…What is a Muslim? A Muslim is one who submits his will entirely to do the Will of Allah (God). Never let names divide the House of God anymore. If one says, I’m a Christian, if one says, I’m a Jew, if one says I’m a Muslim, stop and watch how they live. That will tell you who they really are.

If Allah (God) is not king in your dome (head), then you don’t know the awesome power of The Ruler, because when Allah (God) rules in your house, you don’t fear men, you don’t look at the power of the great military strength of America and bow down. If The King is on the throne in your dome, you know that He’s omnipotent and gives you power through your faith to change the realities of your life.

– The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, The Duty of the Righteous in The Time of War

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