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. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:1-6 NIV
Scripture gives us some keys to living in the blessing of God. In Psalms chapter one we are given 4 area’s we need to watch and if we do, we will be known as people who are firmly planted and fruit producing in this life. When the trials of life come and the world is shaken, the person who has been watchful of living in the blessing will remain stable and unmoved by the things that are shaking those all around them. If there is ever a time we need this reassurance and these keys it is now.
Watching where we walk!
Psalm 1 tells us that there is blessing for the man who walks not in the steps or counsel of the ungodly. I have been pondering lately what the counsel of the ungodly may look like in our time. I am asking myself, “where are you receiving your counsel from?”, “where are you directing the steps of your heart?” So much is continually coming at us that if we are not careful we will find ourselves “in step” with the ungodly. We will be opening our ears, our hearts, our minds to the direction and course that leads to death and not life. As someone who loves the Lord with all my heart, I want to be watchful of where I walk. I want to ensure that my ears are receiving counsel from Him. I desire that my heart and my mind feed on truth and not the “instruction” of the day. You may wonder how “in step” refers to counsel. In short, where we receive counsel directs the course of our steps. So, if truth is what I am receiving it will direct my steps in righteousness. If what I am receiving is deception, it will lead my steps into the path of unrighteousness. We truly need to be watchful of the counsel we receive. We need to watch where we walk.
Watching where we stand!
Where we stand or where we align ourselves is also vital for the one wanting to live in the blessing of a fruitful life. We cannot hold onto the way of the sinner and link arms with sin and expect to be blessed. Sin leads to death. So, to walk in the way of the sinner is only going to lead to fruit that comes with sin. While it is not popular, we must watch our position and where we stand. We must stand for truth and righteousness and refuse to be pulled into the path of the sinner just because it is popular. Scripture is clear, there is a path that leads to death and many will find it, but the path that leads to life is narrow and few seek it out. May God raise up in this hour hearts that are watchful of what we are standing for and what we are standing with. May we never be found standing in the way of sin, but always for the way of righteousness.
Watching where we sit!
Psalm 1 tells us not to be found sitting in the company of mockers. This is becoming increasingly challenging in these days since there is such an agenda to mock anything that stands for truth. However, the life that lives in the blessing refuses to be in the company of the mocker. They will not tolerate, associate, or befriend that which mocks. They separate themselves from the wickedness that comes from creating a union with darkness and in doing so make an active choice to eat from the tree of life. They do not take on the role of judge over anyone else, they simply will not be a part of that which dishonours the greatest love they have ever known, Christ.
Watching what we do!
While the person seeking to live in the blessing watches where they walk, stand, and sit, they are also watchful what they do. They intentionally make the law of the Lord their place of refuge. They meditate on His Word and seek it out like their life depends on it, because it does. The result of this is that they are fruitful, immovable and continually a source of life and refreshing for others. They are stable and fixed when things are shaking because their hope and strength has been resourced by truth. They are filled with hope and stand out as a place of stability because they have been watchful of their heart, intentional in their pursuits, and loved truth above everything else. They guarded the path and direction of their life, they refused to stand or sit in fellowship with death, and because they loved truth, truth has produced in them a life that lives in the blessing and is continually bearing the fruit of a life lead by Christ.
I choose to be watchful of the blessing. I do not want to trade what comes from the tree of life for anything this world tries to offer.