1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What wonderful instructions for daily living for the child of God! The Lord does not leave us in darkness when it comes to His will for us. He makes His will known in great detail. The Bible as a whole is a beautiful depiction of His love toward us. From the beginning where He creates man to share in His beautiful creation all the way to Revelation where He cleans up the mess man has made through the centuries and returns us to His beautiful peace and rest! I’m so thankful to have God’s Word to guide me! Each morning, I find something to encourage me and to feed my spirit!
Today’s reflections show me that we can receive blessings in this lifetime if we follow God’s wisdom. Every area of m life is affected if I choose to follow counsel from His Word! The unsaved will not give me spiritual advice. Their thoughts revolve around “the world” and will not guide me to the Word of God or provide me with Godly counsel. We should not allow the lost to be our closest friends or to have the most influence in our lives. When you hang around a skunk, you will smell like a skunk. When your closest friends are unsaved, you begin to take on their habits. It’s easy to do.
~2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Noah Webster defines “scornful” to be:
Holding religion in contempt; treating with disdain religion and the dispensations of God.
What is a born-again believer doing with people who treat our faith with disdain (hatred)? A person who hates Jesus Christ and all that He stands for will not listen to the Gospel. He will strive to make a mockery of Christ and you. Granted we are not to back down when confronted and we must be ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all who cross our path. But there are those who will mock God at every chance.
~Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
How many of us actually delight in reading the Bible? Is it a chore? Is it a routine? Do you read it because it’s the right thing to do? Or do you look forward to your Heavenly Father revealing Himself to you in the Bible’s precious pages? This exhortation is to meditate on what we have read both day and night. Mulling over what we’ve read will keep our heart and mind focused on the things of God. It will keep us from sin!
~Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
As a result of following God’s instructions in today’s Psalm, the Lord tells me that I will be rooted and firmly planted in His Word. God will not leave me in the dark when He has a child who wishes to learn from Him. It is up to me to read the Word and heed God’s instructions. He has provided us with the instruction manual of life! How great is that?