WISE COUNSEL

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take   or sit in the company of mockers,  but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.   That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff that the wind blows away.   Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.   For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. - Psalm 1:1-6

ONE IS CALLED BLESSED, THE OTHER WICKED

The psalmist in chapter 1 opens with a contrast between the one who’s counsel is in the Lord and the one who’s counsel is not.  One is called blessed, the other wicked.  This is one of those either/or moments in scripture much like in Revelation when Jesus says you are neither hot nor cold.  Yet many of us, myself included, like to live in the middle.  We want to do what God says and live a life of obedience but do it our way.  Side note….I’m always a bit uncomfortable when I hear the famous Frank Sinatra song “I Did It My Way” played at funerals.  It’s true for so many though; the reality of maybe, at best, considering God’s counsel but really never applying it. 

So why is this?  We’ll I’m pretty sure that a lot of times God’s counsel is not what we want to hear.  It’s too hard, or uncomfortable, or requires too much sacrifice so we go somewhere else to hear what our ears want to hear.  Because we do not “meditate day and night” on the law of the Lord it is foreign to us thus leading to an unwillingness to follow.

HIS WAYS ARE HIGHER

So often as I allow my thoughts and attention to be consumed by the philosophy’s and ideas of the world, I find myself relating to vs 4 of this passage; I am like chaff that the wind blows away.  That’s because so much of man’s ideas are the same, just ideas with no foundation and when something new or more attractive comes along, the once prevailing thoughts are blown away.

Not so with God’s thoughts.  His ways are higher.  

A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER

Meditate on the word consistently and without distraction.  A practical way of doing this is to memorize scripture.  Another way is take just little bits at a time and really digest them.  Get below the surface and really hear what God is saying. 

Run the ideas of others, whether it’s in a book, podcast, or conversation through the filter of scripture and see if they still hold up.

Trust and obey.  When his counsel is not what we want to hear, be willing to walk by faith.