"Blessed is the man that walketh NOT in the counsel of the ungodly, NOR standeth in the way of sinners NOR sitteth the seat of the scornful." Psalm 1:1
Do you ever find yourself caught up with the counsel of ungodly men and listening to their ways?
Do you ever find yourself walking alongside and partaking with those that despise the law of God and walk in wickedness?
Do you ever find yourself in the midst of those that express contempt or derision and scorn those around you?
My thoughts went to Psalm 1 while reading through the gospel of Mark. It was while reading the account of the Lord Jesus' transfiguration on the mountain before the 3 disciples, Peter, James and John... that I thought upon the verse,
" ... A voice came out of the cloud, saying,
This is my beloved Son: HEAR HIM."
Earlier in chapter 8 of Mark, we find the Lord asking the disciples a question,
" ... Whom do men say that I am? "
There were all sorts of talk as who the Lord Jesus was...
Sometimes we can get so caught up with the world, and what people say...that our focus and thoughts can be misaligned...
...we listen to ungodly counsel,
...we find ourselves standing alongside wickedness,
...and sit in the seat of pride and arrogance.
We may find ourselves not mindful of the things that be of God... but rather the things that be of men. (Mark 8:33)
God's beautiful reminder: This is my beloved Son: HEAR HIM.
Oh, that we would delight in the law of the Lord; and in His law meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Through the use and practice of God's Word... planted by the rivers of water... we can stand amidst the teachings of men... his leaf shall not wither... and be able to have discernment from good and evil... bringeth forth fruit in his season...so that in the end, whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
How wonderful that we have the LIVING WORD... to guide and direct us unto godliness.... and to eschew evil, to do good, to seek peace, and pursue it.
"Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it."
Righteous Father, thank you for the reminder to hearken and obey your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your Word that is truth in an adulterous and sinful world. Help us to pursue peace and seek holiness that we may have confidence and not be ashamed at the coming of the Lord Jesus.
May you be encouraged today to seek godly wisdom in the Word... that your way may be prosperous.