I know, I know – what a bold claim.
No, wait, hear me out.
This is not a “Do these things, and you will become Beyonce.” It’s not a prosperity Gospel message. It’s not a “get rich quick” scheme. It’s not anything other than the Word of God, and a child of God sharing the promises that He has bestowed upon all His children who simply claim them. It would be unimaginable that any child of God would not want the promise given in Psalm 1 activated in their life, and that’s what this post is about.
God’s very clear – in this passage, He said do these three things, and whatsoever you do will prosper.
Let’s read the passage. Psalm 1:1-3 —
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but His delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
I know what you’re thinking now, “what on earth does all this even mean, and how does that apply to me?”
Let’s break it down.
1.) “…Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…”
“I don’t take counsel from ungodly people. I’m good.” – my thoughts before I heard this verse dissected, and those very well may be your thoughts, too. Counsel is not simply when you go to someone and say “Hey! Give me advice on __________.”
It’s the influences that you let into your life. It’s what you allow to come in and have an effect on you.
In our current day, we mainly use the word “ungodly” as a way to describe something vile and awful, but that isn’t the definition in this verse. This was directed to God’s people. The word “un” meaning “not”, “godly” meaning “God’s way”.
Not God’s way.
God created us with two access points. Anyone who wants to influence you is going to try to capture these two points. One is your eyes, the other is your ears. If your eyes see it, they’re in. If your ears hear it, they’re in.
We need to be incredibly careful about what counsel we let in.
Be careful little eyes what you see, because what you give your eyes and your ears to, you will give your life to. Satan knows that he can thwart God’s promise if he can just get you to let the wrong influences in.
We must make the decision ourselves to not let the Not God’s Way stuff influence us. With media being so prevalent, we must be extremely careful. The moment we allow these things to influence our minds and hearts, is the very moment we forfeit this promise.
How careful are you with what you let in?
2.) “…Nor stands in the way of sinners…”
I used to think this meant “getting in the way of.” Needless to say, I was a wee bit confused. Have you ever heard someone say “Look at the way that kid is acting!”? That’s what’s being said here.
As the name-bearers of Christ, we are called to act differently than the world around us. If you didn’t know Christ, would your life look the same? The Bible says that the day we got saved, we became an Ambassador for Jesus Christ. An ambassador has one job in life:
To make the person that chose them look good.
When a nation chooses an ambassador, that ambassador’s job is to make the nation it’s representing look good to those they’re around. As a children of God, We have been picked by Jesus Christ to be His ambassadors. Our one job in life is to make Jesus look good.
To obey this command, always question – “is what I’m doing now making Jesus look good?”
“Did I make the Son of God look good while on the phone last night?”
“Did I make Jesus look good when I was waiting for my Starbucks drink?”
This is how you keep from standing in the way of sinners.
3.) “…Nor sits in the seat of scoffers…”
Do you know what a scoffer is? It’s a griper. A complainer. A Jordan. Oh wait, I meant to put a (insert your name here). My bad.
But – did you realize it’s a sin to gripe? Not just if you gripe often, or if you gripe to anyone other than your mom. All griping is a sin before a holy and just God. In the Old Testament, God killed more of the children of Israel for griping than all other sins combined.
I would be in some serious trouble if God still killed Christians for that today.
Did you know you could gripe and complain without even saying a word? Facial expressions are…expressive. I’m so guilty of this; just ask my husband. Actually, don’t. Oh, we must be careful.
With every gripe that escapes our lips, what are we doing? We are hindering God’s promise in our life.
Stop it. Let’s stop it. Why would we thwart this wondrous promise for griping?
In order for this promise to be active in our lives, we must decide these things:
1.) I’m going to be careful what influences I let in.
2.) I’m not going to walk in the way of sinners. My one job is to make Jesus Christ look good.
3.) Get out of the seat of the scornful. By God’s grace, stop griping. Don’t cut back on it; stop it. It’s a sin.
And whatsoever you do, will prosper.
That’s a promise given to you from God Himself.
This post was just a dissection of verse one. Part two coming Thursday!
God really challenged me and convicted me on many things as I was studying and writing this post. This post was written for me more than anyone.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that God spoke to you and challenged you through the words above. If you have any questions, or have any thoughts to share, I’d love to hear from you!
Making much of Jesus,