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.”
In one verse the writer describes the effect of unwisely taking on the advice and opinions of the unbelievers. You slowly go from walking, to standing, to eventually sitting. This process can be seen in the life of Lot. He moved from Abraham’s side to the valley because he saw it as prosperous. He moved from being in the fields to the city to eventually sitting in the gates of Sodom and dwelling there. Peter says, “He (God) rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—“. (2 Peter 2:7,8) He had slowly taken up close proximity to lawless men. It provoked him but not enough to leave. God rescued him but he lost all that he possessed.
Some times it is easier to keep your faith when you are ostracized and kept apart from the rest of the unbelievers, as the Hebrews were in Egypt. When you live among them day by day you can be vexed by them but still not walk in their ways. Jesus said we are in the world but not of the world. John 17:15 records: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”
Verse 1 says we are blessed when we don’t walk, stand or sit with the mockers. Verse 2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night”. We aren’t to simply put all our energy into not sitting in their counsel but we are to focus on delighting in the Lord. The result of this delighting in Him is we are fruitful and prosperous.
Do you want to be prosperous? The route is to avoid worldly counsel and seek the Kingdom of God first.
Prayer: “Father, as Jesus prayed for us, I ask that you not take me out of the world but that you would protect me from the evil one. Let me not be seduced by the vanity of the world. I delight in you, oh Lord, and thank you for your blessing and prosperity upon my life.”