The first Psalm declares a simple truth: there are two ways in this life, the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked. One leads to life and blessing; the other leads to judgment and destruction. In the Spanish Bible, the word way in verse 6 (דרך in Hebrew both times) is translated camino when referring to the way of the righteous and senda for the way of the ungodly that shall perish. A camino is a throughway, it’s clear. It can be narrow, but it’s obvious. A senda, on the other hand, is a path. This path may be a lane that joins a throughway for a time, like a bicycle path that joins up with the main road, or it may be an indistinct route like a game trail or manway that veers from a well-known trail in the woods. A senda can be wide, but it is obscure. It may be broad, but it is overgrown.
The way of the righteous is clear, a throughway with a certain destination. The way of the ungodly, the way of the world, is only a path. It’s obscure, overgrown with vanity, and veers from plain and self-evident truth.
Jesus the Messiah (ישוה המשיח) described the two ways of Psalm 1 thus: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). What is plain need not be broad, and what is broad need not be plain.
The world and manmade religion tells us God sits atop a great mountain with many pathways leading to Him. In fact, the opposite is true. Destruction and divine judgment is perched atop a mighty mountain with many paths leading to it, a broad network of obscure and enticing sendas that many follow to a wide gate. And sometimes, these sendas may parallel the way of life for a time, but they always veer. The way of the righteous is narrow, but it is a plain, a single throughway that leads to a narrow gate. That gate opens to trees planted by rivers of waters.
The one who walks the narrow way, the plain path, cannot do so without a Bible in his hand, for the truly righteous delight in the Word of God (Psalm 1:2).
Therefore, O Lord, “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies” (Psalm 27:11).
There is no such thing as a senda that leads to life; and there is no such thing as a righteous man who denies the plain truth revealed in the Holy Bible. That plain truth is clear: There is one Creator God, and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel. And, this God has revealed Himself to us in His Word.
Praise God for His Word that He gave to all the world through the Jewish people. In the New Testament (הברית החדשה), it is written:
“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God” (Romans 3:1-2).