For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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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;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What can we learn of who God is and what he does from this?
What can we learn of ourselves as believers and of the unbeliever?
What can we learn and apply to our daily walk with the Lord we love so much?
One, we can be blessed. How? We will seek only the counsel of the Lord, his spoken word and those who have demonstrated a walk with him and a love of him and mankind. When we face problems and have to come to some solution or decision where do we turn? Do we research the foundational principles of the resource before we seek their advice?
“…does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…”
We will stand in the way of believers. There will be evidence in our talk, our actions, and our thoughts that we love the Lord and seek his ways.
“…does not stand in the way of sinners…”
We will treat our fellow-man with respect and honor. We will not denigrate or destroy their integrity and sense of worth. We will treat our God with honor and respect.
“…does not sit in the seat of the mockers…”
When we reflect on this we look into ourselves and assess how we walk, stand, and sit. What does our walk say to others? What does our stand, i.e. on current issues, say to others? What does our sitting down say, who are we sitting with, on which side of the courtroom do we find ourselves?
Two, we learn where our delight is. Is it in God’s word; do we demonstrate this not only through our daily actions but by where we spend our time and money?
“…his delight is in the law of the Lord…he meditates on this law day and night…”
Three, we learn what we will look like; what our life will look like. We are likened to trees. Trees are alive and resilient. They are rooted near streams of water for optimal growth. They have seasons; grow, develop fruit, bear the fruit, deliver the fruit, and a season of rest. When they are near the streams of water they remain alive with full leaves and fruit, not dried up fruit and withered leaves. So too, we will grow and develop rooted in the Word of God, drawing from the waters of His spirit, and we will bear fruit, deliver it and enter times of rest. We will be aware of our seasons, when we are growing, developing fruit, dispensing fruit and in a rest period. The seasons come and go for trees and we can expect the same for ourselves. Trees that are rooted and near the streams of water prosper and so we can expect to prosper as we remain rooted in the Word and draw from the streams of water that Christ told us are available to us from Him.
There is a contrast here. We can learn what we are not. We do not follow every trend that comes along.
“..like chaff that the wind blows away…”
We will not be vulnerable to every new doctrine or ideology because we are rooted in the Word – day and night; and the Word informs our willingness to receive or reject teachings that are not of God. As such we will be found with Him at judgment rather than judged by Him. We will find ourselves in the company of the redeemed rather than in the company of those doomed to receive the wages of death.
We learn of God that He watches over us as we live in Him; not so for those who reject Him.
“…For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish….”