Session 6 – Week 6
This is our last week of doing this study together. Each day we will go back to a previous study method we have done over the past number of weeks and use the devotional study methods we have used together.
We will be using Psalm Chapter One this week for our study.
For today we are going to go back to our very first method. The Pronounce It method.
This is where we take a verse and go through it word by word emphasizing a different word each time to give the Word a chance to minister to you and go deep within you.
Today is Psalm 1:1, let’s do this and remember to apply it.
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful…. Psalm 1:1
As I read through this verse several things jumped out at me. First of all, what does it mean to be blessed? In our world we often associate material things with blessing, but I believe blessing is much more than that. To be blessed in the Word was to have a life that was rewarded, a life of appropriated inheritance, a life that has been exalted. So the man who chooses a different path than most do is the guy whose life will be rewarded.
The person who does not allow the course and direction of his life be set by those who do not know God, will live the blessed life. Counsel refers to direction, advice, instruction. This challenges me because sometimes without realizing it I have come to see that my counsel has come from the ungodly.
The person who will be rewarded will also choose not to stand in the path of sinners. He will not choose the roadway, or highway most travelled. They also will not sit in the seat of the scornful.
The life that will be rewarded is the life that makes intentional choices to choose the path that leads to life. They do not sit as one who judges another, but recognizes that if you are going to live in the fullness of what God has for you then you must be willing to make choices that are different than what others might be doing. They realize that hard choices now, bring great reward both now and later. They see beyond the moment.
What does this look like for me and how can I apply it? I need to seek first the Word of God for my direction and counsel. When other voices are added to that process, I need to line those voices up with the Word. I also need to assess any area’s of compromise in my heart and seek to be free from any arrogance and judgement.