blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2 (ESV)

The Psalmist is making it clear there are two types of people: the wicked and the righteous.

There’s no middle ground. No fence sitting. No hedging one’s bets.

And how is the righteous man distinguished from the wicked?

His “delight is in the law”. God’s good “law” (1 Timothy 1:8).

On the other hand, the wicked “scoff” at God’s “law”.

The repercussions are quite extreme.

The righteous will “yield fruit” and “prosper”. The wicked, on the other hand, will not get to enjoy the presence of the LORD but “will perish”.

These are weighty issues that have eternal consequences.

Kim+

prayer : help me LORD to be diligent in reading my Bible daily

action : diarise daily quiet times

give thanks to the LORD

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalms 118:29 (ESV)

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving today I am challenged to think about thankfulness.

It’s a common theme these days but I want to look at it from a Biblical perspective.

It’s an easy trap to thank God for the many blessings we have. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, it is thanks to Him that we have all these good things.

But do we thank Him for simply “loving” us “steadfastly”.

For His patience? His forgiveness? The wonderful gift of His precious Son sent to die on the cross for us despite our, and sadly because of our, rejection of Him who loves us unconditionally?

In a materialistic society the focus is, more often than not, centred around our welfare and wellbeing.

We thank God for possessions and health and family etc. But as great as these all are, they’re simply temporal. Fleeting. Transitory. As the writer of Ecclesiastes astutely observes.

We seem so selfish. So self-interested. So self-absorbed.

There are people living on the streets of our cities. Countless millions starving in Third World countries. Kids being sold into slavery and prostitution.

Friends suffering from disease. Mental anguish. Stress. Pain. Loss. Grief.

I lament the greed and idolatry of our society and the way it distracts us from the important things: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible.

Shouldn’t our energy be spent helping others? Loving others? Praying for others?

Isn’t our priority to be a witness of God’s love in this broken world?

How can we best do this? What practical things do you do?

Kim+

prayer : thank you God for your never-ending love

action : seek to love others as God loves us