As an introduction to the Psalter, Psalm 1 is appropriate in its brevity and pointedness:
Blessed is the one who does not walk with the wicked or go the way of sinners or settle with mockers. Instead, delight comes from living by the law of the LORD, meditating on God's word by day and by night. Such a person is like a tree planted by streams of wather, yielding fruit, not withering, always prospering.
The wicked are like chaff, blown away by the wind; not standing in the judgment. Nor will sinners join the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Each of us must choose our path. Every day we make choices that take us either closer to or farther from the goal of righteous living. A step down the wrong path need not be fatal or permanent. Repentence is the process of turning back.
When we are studying scripture and making choices that reflect prayerful contemplation and discernment, we are nourished by the living water, made strong and prosperous (when measured by God's terms).
God has a plan for us, a divine purpose that is not typically shared but that is laid before us on step at a time. We are enabled by God, strengthened and protected by Him, to heed His call and to pursue righteousness.
Are you willing to tread faithfully on this path, though it might be the more difficult way to go?