Devotion for Tuesday, April 17, 2012
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
These are some of my favorite verses in the Bible! Check them out with me…
“Blessed is the man…” – man here can be person in its application. It’s not just talking to men. Wanna be blessed? Then you need to keep reading!
“that walketh not…nor standeth…nor sitteth…”- The psalmist uses 3 descriptive postures. These are almost like 3 parts of relationship.
Imagine walking in the mall or at school and seeing a group of people. You’re walking by and what they are doing and saying interests you. What do you do? You go over and stand with them. You meet them and begin a relationship. Eventually you get so engrossed in conversation that you sit down with them and maybe have something to eat or drink. The opportunity for relationship intinsifies.
The location of all these things is “the counsel”, “the way”, and “the seat”. The Bible isn’t telling us to not know or be nice to people who are ungodly, or sinners, or those who are scornful. What it does tell us is not to allow these to become an authority in your life or to allow them to influence the way you live. This starts with walking, leads to standing, and ends up with sitting.
The Bible here tells us that if we want to be blessed, that we don’t go through this proces with the ungodly, sinners, and scornful people.
So if you want to be blessed you walk, stand, and sit with people who are godly, holy (everyone are sinners, but God is growing and sanctifying people), and are encouragers, and you become one of those people yourself! How do you do that?
The Bible goes on to say- The blessed man….”his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
The way to walk, stand, and sit with the Lord is to read what He has written to us, and to talk to him in prayer! When we begin to “delight” or take joy in God’s Word we begin to be blessed by God!