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.
1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1:3 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.
1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
How many times have you read this Psalm? For me, probably thousands of times. However, let’s take a fresh look at it today. Forget what you’ve meditated on in the past and let’s revisit these verse 1.
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. - Imagine your Christian walk if you had never walked with the ungodly. I take this to mean walking “intimately” and not just a casual relationship – a close friendship, if you will. Imagine your Christian walk if you had never hung out with sinners by backsliding in a weak moment. As well, imagine your Christian walk if you had never made yourself comfortable with people who mock your God (i.e., watching a movie where the Lord’s name is used in vain).
What would your life be like had you obeyed verse 1 from the time you were saved until now? I know that I have fallen under deep conviction as I look back at my 34 years of salvation and judged those years according to this verse. I have failed miserably! And, as a result of that failure, I’ve paid the price. I reaped what I sowed and grieved in my heart over my bad decisions! :’(
God tells us that we are blessed, Christian, if we don’t do any of those things! The peace that comes with staying focused on our faith is beyond our understanding! God gives permanent peace through salvation, yes. But the peace of obedience to His Word brings daily peace!
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Praise the Lord for 1 John 1:9 and the forgiveness that comes when we have failed Him! Praise the Lord that God is the God of second, third, fourth, etc. chances! Amen?
We’ll cover verse 2, and the others, in the next posts to follow so stay tuned.