TEXT: PSALMS 1:1-6

🔑KEY VERSE “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (PSALMS 1:1).

George Washington, first President of the United States of America, once said, “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.” Washington’s counsel is still relevant today as it was years ago. By divine revelation, the psalmist declared that blessedness lies in not keeping the company of evil doers and not making them our counsellors in spiritual things. The believer who seeks spiritual counsel or guidance from sinners is like someone who drinks from dirty fountains.

Our text reveals a sharp contrast between the righteous and the sinner, even if it advocates separation of the godly from the ungodly. It is dangerous for the believer in Christ to get so intimate with the present world. And by so doing, he soon gets smeared in the mud of compromise and secret sins.

Believers who keep intimate company of sinners will soon begin to love the world and inevitably make themselves enemies of God. The tendency for the believer to love the world often stems from the desire to please men. However, it is pertinent to note that he who will please all men will, in many points, displease God.

While believers should not avoid sinners, in order to be able to preach to them, they must watch over their interactions so as to be able to draw a line and you know when to refrain. We must cherish the marked difference God had made between sinner and saints: while the believers are spiritually fresh and fruitful, the ungodly are not, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A word is enough for the wise.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: PSALMS 31-35.

MEDITATION

Searching questions

  1. Are you a blessed person? vv1,2.
  2. Who are the role models, counsellors or advisors (online or otherwise) that you respect and that also influence your life and decisions? v1.
  3. Who are the kind of people you are comfortable being in their midst? v1
  4. Are you comfortable or indifferent in the midst of those who jest or scorn sacred things of God? v1. Many entertainers are now in the Church. Beware and avoid a dried spiritual life.
  5. Do you delight and have passion for the word of God? v2.
  6. Is the word of God your constant and daily meditations? v2.
    Blessings of right attitude and godly choices include prosperity health wise, financially, spiritually, fruitfulness, etc. v3.
    Q Do you enjoy such things?
    If not, you should check where you may be missing it.
  7. vv4-6 listed the repercussions of making wrong and ungodly choices in life.
    a. The wheat of their lives are already taken away remaining just chaff, no matter how they pretend to be enjoying life, v4.
    b. Like chaff, they are good for nothing except to be burnt in fire, v4.
    c. God does not attach precious value to their lives no matter their position in the society, v4.
    d. They don’t have locus standing before God, v5.
    e. They cannot live with the righteous in eternity no matter how smart, vv5,6.
    Lord, give me the wisdom that would always settle for godly decisions 🙏🙏
    Lord, I don’t want my life to be a chaff. Give me power to be living a weighty life that you will be happy with at all time🙏
    Lord, I ask for more love and passion for your word by the Holy Spirit🙏
    Lord, let the blessings of righteous living be visible in the lives of your children for sinners to see🙏

HYMN: I have decided to follow Jesus.