Psalm 1:1 “ Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”
As I meditated on this psalm I saw a pattern emerge that I had never noticed before. The pattern is walk, stand, sit. It shows a progression of lessening resistance to mingling with the ungodly. The Lord says we are blessed not to walk, stand or sit with the ungodly. When we walk with the counsel or advice or purposes of the wicked, i.e., those who are hostile to God, we are in trouble. To walk can also be translated as to regulate one’s life and to make due use of opportunities. If we regulate our life by the world’s counsel, we move out from under the Lord’s blessing. Seeking the world’s counsel is a position of believing in God but taking the advice of the world on how to live your life.
The next thing is standing in the way of sinners. We move from being active to being stationary. This word, stand, can be translated as ceasing, to stop moving or doing, to endure and to remain. This can appear to be a very noble action. One in which the person is taking a stand for something. But it can also be translated to become the servant of. This is a negative aspect of standing, especially when you think that “the way” can mean the course of life. This way of sinners can mean: “miss the path of right and duty” or to simply miss the mark. So I read this to say blessed is the person who does not become enslaved to the course of the life of sinners who miss the goal or path of right and duty. As you cease to move forward you now not only think like those hostile to God you become enslaved to their course of life, which misses the mark God intended for us.
God is saying the person who doesn’t walk, stand or sit with the unbelievers is blessed. The problem with these verbs is the progression from moving about with the unbelieving, to not moving at all, to eventually sitting with them. The word, sit, means to not only sit but to dwell or make one’s abode. Where does this happen? At the seat of the mockers! The word, seat, can equally be interpreted as dwelling place. The word, mockers, means to scorn, to deride, to mock or to talk arrogantly. So, the third position could be stated, as a person is not blessed to make a home with those who are disdainful and contemptuous of God.
Prayer: “Father, examine my heart and show me if I am like Lot walking or standing or sitting in the counsel of the ungodly. My heart’s desire is to walk in your ways, oh Lord. Lead me into your presence and your kingdom that I may find delight in you.“