Can You SEE what God is saying?
1 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;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 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. 4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:1-6 (New King James Version)
How do we trust God? We trust God by trusting and living by the Word.
Last week we discussed the cursed man (person) who trusts in human efforts and self-reliance instead of God. Today we will continue analyzing the difference between the cursed man (person) and the Blessed Man (person). God defines the Blessed Man as one who places all of his hope and confidence in God. In the Hebrew language, “bless(ed)”, means to congratulate, praise, salute, and noteworthy. Here is another great contrast between the cursed man and the Blessed Man.
The Blessed Man has a behavior that helps him to avoid the consequences of the curse.
Let’s look at what he DOES NOT DO.
In verse one; we see that the Blessed Man avoids three types of exposures:
- Walking – a manner of living or conduct
- Standing – to agree with a position or belief,
- Sitting – to dwell or inhabit a place
The Blessed Man also avoids three types of environments:
- The counsel of the ungodly – advice from people who don’t acknowledge God
- Path of sinners – following the crowd or popular opinion of the majority
- Seat of the scornful – the places where people mock and scorn God and His Word
We must be diligent to guard ourselves regarding our environments, experiences, and exposures. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (Proverbs 4:23 New Living Translation)
Being in the wrong environments create the wrong exposure, the wrong exposures, create the wrong experiences. Those experiences can cause you to doubt the ability of God to give you the victory in life. The dangers of bad environments, experiences, and exposures aren’t where they use to be. There was a time when you had to go somewhere to encounter them. Today it’s on TV, your computer, and your mobile phone – you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to be exposed. Ask the Lord to SHOW you the environments, experiences, and exposures that cause you to doubt him, TODAY!!