The first 3 verses of Psalms are packed with so much wisdom. Quite honestly, if we followed these three versus, our lives would be so much better. It seems like commonsense, yet I know I struggle a lot to follow it.
Psalm 1:1-3. “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. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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.”
Walking, Standing, Sitting
Verse 1, is telling us not to be letting people that do not follow Godly principles, to have an influence in our decision making. Counsel means to get advice. If we’re letting people that do not follow God, give us advice then we are doomed to go down a path that leads us away from God. Just like when I want advice on financial topics or health topics, I go to someone that does those things well. We should get advice from people that seek God and have his Wisdom. We should be careful where we “stand”, where we locate ourselves in regards to people. Have you ever noticed that you pick up habits and sayings from your close friends? Or maybe from other people you are around a lot, like co-workers? If you’re around Godly people you are more likely to maintain Godly habits, but if you’re not around Godly people, it is easy to get away from those habits. Finally, we need to stay away from the people that are always negative and mocking. It changes our mindset when we’re always around negative people, it brings us down, and soon we start to have the same attitude.
It says that we are blessed if we’re not doing these things (being with the ungodly). That is because we have our minds on God, we are following Him. When we’re in line with God he wants to bless us.
Delight and Meditate
When we are blessed by God, not only are we turning from evil, but we are also building our lives around the instruction of God. We are taking pleasure in God and His creation, and pattern our lives per His Word. What motivates us is to be more like Christ. As we draw closer to God, we live more fruit-bearing lives.
When we are seeking to live under God’s blessing and meditate on God’s Word, in order to know God by revelation and to shape our thinking, attitudes, and actions; we ponder Scripture and compare them to other Scripture. We start applying them to our lives and seeing how our life, is comparing to God’s Will.
Well Fed Tree
Have you ever been walking along a stream or creek that has water in it? The trees may have soil washed away from the wear and tear of water and wind over time, where you can see the roots of the tree before it goes into the trunk of the tree. That tree still has it roots deep in the soil, that is well watered, and that tree is flourishing. Our lives are like that when we’re well rooted in God’s word. Yeah there is some wear and tear on us from living in an imperfect world, but through God our lives can still flourish for His glory.
From God’s Word, we gain wisdom and discernment. God leads our lives and not our sinful minds, heart, and emotions leading our lives. There will be trials and stress in our life. Just as a plant will wilt when the sun beats down on it and it is stressed, if it doesn’t not have a well established root system; we will do the same if we are not well rooted in God’s Word.
Take home message: Be in God’s Word and seek advice from Godly individuals.