Want to be blessed? Do what God convicts. Today. Now. Be the lush, fruitful tree. Embrace the positive ideas and commands of God, yet at the same time, make sure that you are not still emulating and following a sinful path. We cannot do both and expect to be blessed…
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Even though I am in the beatitudes in Matthew, this last Sunday we heard from Psalm 1: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of of mockers. Blessed…
The beatitudes are phrased by Jesus in the positive. Blessed are those who are or do things which are virtuous: mercy, peacemaking, purity, etc. In this case, blessed is the one who does not do certain things. It is as important to not do certain things as it is to do certain things. The wicked, sinning mockers are not to be followed or emulated.
Isn’t this the problem for many of us? We embrace the positive ideas and commands of God through Jesus’ teaching. We are committed to doing them.
Yet, if we are also still emulating and following a sinful path, then we can expect to not be blessed.
That’s not what I want. I want to be like a tree planted by streams of water. I want to bear fruit. I want to thrive and not wither. I would love to prosper. How about you?
David writes that the Lord watches over those who are righteous, who delight in the law of the Lord, meditating upon it day and night. And so, if we desire to have God watch over us and guard our ways, we have choices to make.
Less sinners, mockers, and wickedness, and more delight in the word and ways of God. What does that look like for you? Stop and wait for God to answer and instruct. To convict. He will.
Want to be blessed? Do what God convicts. Today. Now. Be the lush, fruitful tree.