July 9 – Walk. Stand. Sit.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2 (NASB)

Perhaps this passage from Psalm 1 is familiar to you? Even if so, let’s look at it again and find the promises God has given us in this word. It’s a matter of choice – everything is pretty much. Even when circumstances are forced upon us against our will, we have a choice how to respond to it. These first three verses of this Psalm reveal the blessings of choosing to avoid wicked influences. Avoiding advice from those who are practicing lawlessness and living in wickedness. Getting out of their way and staying away from where they go – even avoiding “bumping into” to them if possible. Not being mistaken for being in alliance with mockers and scoffers of God’s commandments. Instead, spending each day thinking on what God teaches us in His word. In verse 3 are the blessings of following a path of the righteous.

We will be:
“Firmly planted” = Solid footing;
“Yielding fruit each season” = Righteous productivity;
“Remaining viable” = Sustainable growth.
“Prospering” = God’s abundant rewards for faithfulness.

These blessings come to us from God our Father. The last verses (Psalm 1:4-6) compare the life of wickedness – perishes.