Psalms 1: 1-6 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
How is a man NOT to walk in the counsel of the wicked in our world today? Every way we turn, whether it is to our schools, television, the movies on the internet or in the daily newspaper … wherever we look we will receive a message from those who have rejected God and his word. The current generation of teachers, reporters and politicians have been programmed with the secular doctrine that for them has become their religion and it is a religion that is clearly anti-Christianity. Walking in the counsel of evil can come at us in a hundred different ways, and many that we may never have even considered. It may be as simple as foolishness or wrong information or ideas that lead us away from God. Psalms is a most important book because it is God’s truth put into songs. Untruth captured in a beautiful song can lead us away from God as well. I first realized this years ago, while listening to "Life's Been Good To Me So Far" by Joe Walsh. "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison is another obvious example. "Avatar" is a naturalist mother earth message captured in a breathtaking 3D movie, that leads the unsuspecting away from God's truth.
Our schools have become values neutral without teaching absolutes or right and wrong. It’s no wonder our children are confused. Parents don't understand why they can't communicate with their children ... one possible reason: are they being indoctrinated with somebody else's values? Values neutral thought has taken over our public school system as well as the mainstream media; and their liberal progressive agenda has become the rule rather than the exception. Right and wrong, and truth or lie, are not even part of the discussion, and now the children of those crazy ideas are the adults making laws and then ...all of a sudden ... the next thing we know, boys are allowed into the girls locker rooms and bathrooms, the reasoning is that confused boys that think they are a girl need a path to a healthy self esteem ... and this is now the law in California ... rather than a cause for expulsion. To the contrary, a challenge could lead to arrest. Abnormal is now normal. Kindergartners are exposed to deviant babble. This is what happens when we are forbidden from teaching basic human values, and forced to teach secular values to our children in pursuit of tolerance and inclusiveness.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. As we have just noted, this is difficult in our day. But God knew all of this, and He has a plan for our happiness in spite of the foolishness of the world. It means that we need to watch closely what we watch, read, listen to and accept as truth. This led me to enroll my daughters in Christian school. I know we can’t all do this. We also need to challenge and confront false teachings wherever they come from, especially in our public schools and confront our political leaders. We need to take back our country and our schools. This indoctrination in America has occurred over many years, and it will take many years to win America back to the values our country was founded upon.
Nor stand in the path of sinners. To walk in the counsel of the wicked means … to be exposed to it. To stand in the path of sinners means to actually begin to follow and do the things that we know that God would forbid. Is God against a clean healthy environment? Of course not. Would God be against creating any false premise and promoting it to the world as if it were the truth, even if it were for a worthy cause? It’s not even debatable. I have a Christian friend who defends global warming, by saying, “even if it isn’t true, it will be good for the environment … so therefore, promoting a false premise is acceptable.” NEVER!
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! This person has accepted a teaching contrary to God’s word such as homosexuality for example and followed this three step progression. 1. They listen to false teaching on the subject. 2. They begin experimenting with the act. 3. A scoffer is one who openly denies that God’s word teaches homosexuality is wrong and mocks those who read the truth to them. I have actually conversed online with men identifying themselves as practicing Christian homosexuals. Next thing I know, I’m likely to bump into a Christian atheist. It is one thing to say I am a Christian and that I stumbled and had an adulterous affair and pray for God's forgiveness. It is quite another thing to get to the point where one is contending that God does not condemn adultery or homosexuality, and that there is nothing wrong with what I have done or am doing.
And in His law he meditates day and night. People pay huge sums of money to get a good education. Others spend years training for their chosen field. Guy Spier and Mohnish Pabrai bid and paid $650,100 to have lunch with Warren Buffett in hopes to gain some wisdom from him. They swear it was worth it ... but I really rather doubt it. All of us can have free counsel anytime we wish, for as long as we choose, with the omniscient, all knowing, Creator of the universe. He has given us the riches of true knowledge and heavenly wisdom. It is yours for the taking. He has told you to meditate on it day and night. How could you fail if you followed this counsel? Why don’t you do it? What does it mean to meditate on his word? Have you ever even asked yourself that question? We are not talking about ommm here. Meditating on the word will lead to solutions against all temptations and the troubles of our mind and our conscience. The rich man may learn God’s plan for his riches in this meditation. The poor man will find full contentment. Both will find happiness and the Joy of the Lord beyond their comprehension and how to maintain it. He promises we will prosper in exceeding abundance. Why don’t we meditate on God’s word? He wants to speak to us. Why do we ignore God? Meditating on Gods word is considering deeply how it applies to you and the issues that you are facing. God has promised if we ask for his direction and guidance and meditate (look deeply) into his word, He will give us wisdom, knowledge, peace, joy, blessings, prosperity, answers to our prayers and happiness beyond all that we can imagine. He will send us a helper (the Holy Spirit) who is with us forever, and who will guide us in the ways of righteousness, truth, and prosperity in whatever we do.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD. We are to find delight in the truth which is revealed in the law of the Lord … What are you waiting for?
Meditate on the truth!
Ephesians 5: 6-11,14-17 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; For this reason it says,“Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
God Bless You My Friends, Bob
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