Lessons from Psalms: Chapter 1
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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.
Don't hang out with trouble-makers. Stay away from mean-spirited and evil people. Don't get caught up in their drama. Don't participate in their games. Don't seek their advice. And, don't become like them. They think anyone who is not like them, or who is not them is worthless, and they have contempt for anything that is not thought of or created by themselves. In short, they are selfish and prideful. This verse basically tells you not to be selfish and prideful people.
The Bible has a lot to say about being humble. Being humble is what sets the Christian apart from the rest of the world. Until a person learns to humble himself, he can never truly understand what it means to be grateful. By humbling ourselves, we understand how undeserving we are of the Grace that God gives us through Jesus Christ.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
On a personal note: For me, this is hard -- because I am by nature a braggart. I love to show off. My whole life I have wanted to show off. But, on December 31, 2013 when I gave all I had to God and asked Jesus to lead me -- mind, body and soul -- I was set on a course that has led me on a journey I never in a million years would have traveled without God.
Recognizing this, I have learned that I don't need to show off. God needs to be shown off. God gets the credit for all of my blessings since that day.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
What Psalms 1:1 does NOT say:
This verse does not say you shouldn't hang out with the less fortunate, the dirty, the sick, the poor, or anyone who is struggling in any way. Being humble means not being afraid of getting your hands dirty, or working up a sweat to do the right thing at the right time for God. Being God's hands and feet require you, at times, to reach into the mud and dirt, and even in the darkness, to bring light and purity to the world.
I am constantly reminding myself, when I see someone less fortunate who is struggling today, that I used to be that person. Then, I hear God speaking to me, telling me that it would take very little for me to be that person again, and that I should stay vigilant in the Word, and continue to follow Him.
1 John 3:17
“But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
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.