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Choose This, Not That

Choose This! Not That! – Which way are you acquainted with? (Psalms 1:1-2)

Today’s Reading: Psalms 1-9

Today’s Reflection: Psalms 1:1-2

1) 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; 2) but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Throughout the Bible, man’s choice between good and evil is presented clearly (Deuteronomy 30:15-19; Joshua 24:15), but the explanation in Psalms 1 has an added dimension.  The text begins by describing someone who would be blessed by God as the opposite to someone else.  Who is that something else?  Someone who listens to advice from wicked people.  Someone who observes the behaviour of sinners.  Someone sits and shares space with scoffers, people who make light of serious matters.  This person is someone who has a relationship, an intimate acquaintance with evil.  Someone comfortable enough with the ways of evil to listen to it, sit with it, watch it, and revel in it.

On the other hand, the man God blesses has an intimate acquaintance with God, His ways and His laws.  In fact he dwells on God’s law all day and all night.  He casts down evil thoughts with the power of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) and continues to set his mind on Godly things (Philippians 4:8).

The issue here is character.  The man God blesses has a character based on a relationship with God and His Word.  The man that has allowed himself to be comfortable with evil cannot fully relate to anything or anyone else because his character is corrupt, his sinful nature holds him in its sway and exercises power and influence over him.  The type of acquaintance we have is worked out in how we choose to relate to God, as followers or as rebels.

Psalm 1:6 – For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

God is intimately acquainted with, or ‘knows’, the way of the righteous.  But He does not share this acquaintance with the ways of the wicked.  One will last forever and the other will perish.  The choice of where you will be is ultimately up to you.

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