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. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And 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.
A normal or average persons day is spent in walking, standing and sitting. These are the positions that we normally find ourselves in as we go about our daily lives. The Psalmist of the 1st Psalm uses this truth give us a lesson in Godliness.
We think of our walk as our lifestyle or our normal way of living. Our Christian lifestyle we describe as our Christian walk. Basically in life we have two choices in the matter of conduct. We can follow the counsel of the Word of God through the Bible or we can follow the counsel of the ungodly world. The world will tell you to "go for the gusto" as you only live your life once. "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may die"(see 1 Cor. 15:32
In the eyes of the world the successful person has fought his or her way to the top and has gained much possessions and wealth as a result. The end justifies the means so if you stepped on a few little people or compromised principles on the way up; so what, the end justifies the means. The counsel of the ungodly will tell you that adultery is ok as long as you don't get caught and fornication is perfectly normal. The counsel of the ungodly will teach sex-ed in school, pass out free condoms and birth control devices to the young and tell you they are going to "do it" anyway so you might as well protect them from un-wanted pregnancy. In the event of un-wanted pregnancy in either child or adult the counsel of the world is to kill this offending tissue.
The counsel of God teaches abstinence, purity and chastity. It teaches sexual activity only under the bonds of matrimony. The counsel of God teaches the sanctity of life and how God came as a man and paid our sin debt that all might live before Him.
Honesty, integrity, love, faith in God and love for our fellow man are the counsels of God and the world is opposed to this counsel.
How we delight ourselves in our walk and with what amount of integrity will determine how we stand before others and God. We should think of our stand as how firm we stand in our beliefs. The world, as a whole, stands in vehement opposition to Christianity. If our walk has been one of faith and integrity toward our God we will be firm and resolute against the sins and sinners of this world. If we have meditated on the Word of God then we will know the counsels of God. We will resist their counsels and their attempts to pull us away from Christ. Many times the counsel may seem plausible but if it does not line up with the Word of God it is of the devil. Proverbs 14:12 tells us that "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Many times we will be pulled in different directions to compromise. It might be the temptation to take a higher position with a company that would require being placed in positions that a Christian should not be found in. The temptation to follow the money and prestige is strong but God reminds us "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Cor. 10:13)
How we have walked and how we have stood in our daily life will determine how we are settled. The word for seat in the passage above mostly means dwelling or abode. It would have the connotation of "being at home" in our circumstances and lifestyle. Have you ever said to a person; "take and seat and make yourself at home".? Looking at it from this standpoint you might ask yourself are you comfortable in your walk and stand? Once you get comfortable in something it is hard to change. The verse says "nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" and of course the context is godliness. The one who lives as an ungodly sinner and will not be moved from that position has made himself at home in that condition.
There will never be blessings from God on that individual but rather the wrath of God will one day fall on him or her as the case may be.
The one who walks (travels in certain "circles") has his delight in whatever circle he associates himself with. Traveling in ungodly circles will tempt you to take a position of those who are in opposition to God and His counsel. You may not only identify with the sinful way but thoroughly take a stand in a sinners ways. At this point you have made yourself at home with those who scorn the Word and counsel of Almighty God.
The one who seeks the counsel of God and stands firm on that counsel has made for him or her self a dwelling place in righteousness.
If you are such an individual the blessings of God are being or will be showered on you and no matter how strong the world comes against you you will have a peace that passes understanding in that which you have chosen. You are firmly planted and are bringing forth abundant fruit to the Lord.
We should all consider daily our walk, stand and our place or seat before God. It will make us better Christians.
Presented by Brother Dwight Rhodes