This devotion on Psalm 1 was first published on June 6, 2006
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; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. . . For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 1:1-2 & 6
When I was a girl (a long time ago - sigh), I remember thinking that Christians and non-Christians were so much alike, that one really couldn't tell the difference. Everyone dressed conservatively, you didn't hear the kids swear (well, at least not when the teacher was around), and life seemed to go on pretty smoothly. I realize that I was very naive but, although evil existed in our society at alarming rates, it was still pretty much "under the table." Today, however, we live in the I'm OK, you're OK lifestyle, otherwise known as "live and let live."
As Christians, it's easy to get pretty complacent about our Christian lives. After all, I'm sure not as bad as almost everyone around me. That, is where the problem lies. So often we do just like the non-Christians do in comparing ourselves to each other instead of comparing ourselves to God, and the pattern of perfection He has established in His Word.
We will never be able to perfectly obey God's Word until we join Him in Heaven, but we should be continually striving toward that end.Keeping that in mind, just look at the what the Bible says about the Christian in Psalm 1.
The Godly man doesn't listen to the counsel of the non-Christians around us especially regarding who we are and where we came from, we don't walk in their lifestyles, and we don't sit around and talk about people behind their back.
I hope you got a little uncomfortable in reading that last paragraph. I know I did! It's not easy, is it? We know God is everywhere, but so often we live each day as though He's off visiting in another planet or something. But look at verse 6. The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Pray that God will help you today to take Jesus everywhere you go. Oh, I know He's already there -- but, put your hand in His, and think about Him being right there beside you all day. Observe how much harder it is to join in the revelry of the world around you.
God Bless You,