“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. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalms 1:1-6.
To be blessed, there are three types of people you must avoid. They are the ungodly, the sinner and the scornful. These are known by their advice, their actions and their attitude.
The ungodly will give counsel or advice that conforms to this world’s philosophy and goes counter to the Word of God. This person is the most dangerous of the three and must be rejected. (Examples: Oprah Winfrey, The view, Ellen DeGeneres etc.).
The sinner is more evident. You can identify him by his actions. You can see that his behavior is sinful and that he is going in a direction away from God. Run from this person.
Then there is the scoffer. This person ridicules you and your desire to please the Lord. Many times this person was raised in a Christian home or brought up in church. His chosen rebellion is justified, in his own eyes, by showing scorn or disdain toward those who chose to live for Christ. This man or woman cannot conceal their amoral attitude; avoid them.
Not only are we to make right choices regarding the people to avoid; we must also make wise decisions about what produces a life of blessings. Isolation is not the answer. The first thing we must do is develop a hunger for God’s Word. This is done by reading, by prayer and by meditating on its teachings.
The promised blessings are stability, productivity, affectability and prosperity. These can be seen in the similitude of a tree located by a river. The key words are planted, fruit, leaf and prosper. These are the blessings that result from meditating and obeying the Scriptures. Most of the heartache, sorrow, anguish, misery and pain, in this life, is the direct result of someone’s disobedience and rejection of God’s Word. The unsaved are compared to chaff which is worthless and unstable. They are driven by the winds of a wicked society. The blessings, the promises and the warnings are all in the text. If you want to be blessed, apply God’s Word to your life now.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.