Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow the path of the righteous

Follow the path of the righteous

 S -  Psalm 1 (NASB)
 1 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! 
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, 
And in His law he meditates day and night. 
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, 
Which yields its fruit in its season 
And its leaf does not wither; 
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
 4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
O - Thank you David for your psalm of wisdom and profound truth.   Thank you Lord for a reminder of the basics of following you and your ways.   When I think of David writing this, I think of a man after God's own heart, anointed to be the great King of Israel that ever lived (until Christ came).  David was a mighty man, of humble faith and though he stumbled and made mistakes he followed God all the days of his life.  The wisdom of this Psalm is perhaps even more profound than any Solomon would later pen, and foundational even to my own faith today.

A -  The application is simply the dissection of this psalm into to actions that I as a follower of God should strive to live, namely:
1.   Do not walk in the counsel of the wicked -  we may find ourselves under leaders, or in environments where the wicked exist, but we must be discerning and ensure we are not taking the counsel of the wicked even if it seems to satisfy our desires.
2.   Do not stand in the path of sinners -  my interpretation of this is that there is a path of sinners and road that head along toward sin, we must look at our own circumstances and ensure we are not even standing in that path let alone heading down that path.   I read that as even as we are witnessing to the world, we are not to stand in sinful circumstances.  Example, we don't go spend the weekends at the strip club preaching the Gospel.

3. Do not sit in the seat of scoffers - to become judgemental and mockers of others is a path not to be taken.  It is much easier to judge, than to trust God's righteous judgement.   The later is the way of the righteous, the former is a slippery slope of the unrighteous.

4.  Do - meditate of God's law -  it is so perfect that as we meditate of God's word and God's law, since we are His creation, formed in His image,  His law resonates deeply with our soul's and we are constantly corrected back to the truth of who we are, God's creation, for God's purposes.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray Lord you would help me to walk the path of the righteous, and avoid the traps of the wicked.   I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

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