Blessed is the man (who does not) walk 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. Ps 1:1-2
Why do the nations rage and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord…He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them (kings and rulers) in derision…Ps 2:1-2, and v4.
In Ps 1 and 2, I see the Scriptures clarifying our place and position concerning our God: What should be the optimal conduct; what is a lot of our conduct; and the promise of a Savior and of certain falling of the Wrath of God.
I chuckle with these two chapters. Can’t help it. Note that I chuckle in fear but still I see the Holy Spirit making the positions of Men and God clear-He alone is God and me? I am but a speck in the timeline of eternity.
How so? Why such a downer set of statements? Can’t I find something light and uplifting to write about? Answer: I must exercise “delight” in the testimony of God, of His Word-and don’t turn away from the hard sayings of old.
These two chapters are great (however general) “either/or statements”: If I don’t walk in the ways of the wicked but walk in the delight of the Law of the Lord, I am in the category of “blessed.”
However, Psalms 2 begins talking about how “leaders” plot; they conspire; they set themselves against the Lord. And the Lord God shakes His head, laughs, and holds them in derision (see also: scorn, mockery, disdain, ridicule, contempt, disrespect, etc.). “Think about it, guys, you who are clay and finite trying to come up with a plan to thwart Me? Inconceivable!”
Here’s how this applies to me, the guy in the mirror: Do I recognize the counsel of the Wicked in my daily walk, conduct, and conversation? What about the stuff I read? Politics, church stuff/religion, business, etc.? To be fiercely transparent with myself probably not as much as I should. For all Men everywhere, it is the stuff that we do not pay attention to (with purpose) that trips us up daily.
To grow in righteousness (which should be the attitude and purpose in every Christian) is to grow increasingly aware of the details of the Christian Walk according to the Scriptures. Learning more about the Scriptures, growing in theological knowledge, exercising the full palate of the Spiritual Disciplines is what we should be doing. The watch out is being determined to make this growth of knowledge show up in Godly Conduct. In a lot of ways, our learning is directed to be Vo-Tech in nature.
So: Delight in the Word of God; Don’t be a scoffer either on purpose or in neglect; Meditate day and night (is this like Pray without Ceasing? Sounds like it); Don’t be the target of God’s laughter at you. It is much better for both God and I to laugh with each other.
Father, You are aware of my current family issue. It is very easy to “walk in the counsel of the wicked”; that is: Counseling with myself in my own mind about what I should be doing? So many scenario’s I concoct to address this “issue”-and candidly hardly any of them Godly. Goodness-I don’t need someone else for wicked counsel, I have me! Help me fiercely embrace Your Word. Let my mind transform. Let the conviction of the Counsel of God flow through me on purpose and with purpose.