“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”
In Psalm 1, a life of blessing is promised to those who walk in the ways of the Lord. For those who walk in the counsel of the law of the Lord and find inspiration in God’s precious Word. There is a joy that comes from following the tenets of God’s Word and meditating on the will of God for the life of faith.
However, the Psalm makes clear that following the counsel of the ungodly who mocks the ways of righteousness will bring not a blessed life but a life of curses and destruction. The one who willingly bases life goals and values on the world’s point of view with no inclusion of God’s will and way will not be rooted in the strength of God’s purpose and power. Those who live their lives from the perspective of their carnal desires only are not rooted in the solid foundation provided for those who love the Lord and live seeking to please God.
What a wonderful promise we inherit when we seek to please God and meditate on the wisdom of God! Our lives are lived with purpose and filled with the fruit of the Spirit of God. Jeremiah 17:7, 8 says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, and whose confidence is in the Lord. They will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
There are only two choices before us, the way of the Lord and following God’s Word or taking the path of rebellion against the Word of God. The choice of blessing and the choice of destruction. Which way will you choose?
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Pastor
Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. only service for the entire month of July & Friends and Family Day) Sunday School: 9:45 am