DAILY WORD 2/22/22
1. 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.
Today’s Passage begins a new concept in my Daily Word posts. The Single Shot. It’s a single Verse breakdown of some of the most beloved, most iconic, and frankly, my favorite Passages contained within the Bible. I’m doing this due to shifting scheduling constraints, but Daily Word is still essential, so…here’s the first installment. FYI: They won’t all be this long in the future.
Verse one of the First Chapter of Psalms begins with a motivational speech to every Believer. And not only does this opening stanza offer inspiration and stimulus to our determination, the author actually delivers some fundamental and, more importantly, actionable steps to Receiving Blessings from God.
The first thing the author mentions are those Blessings. That is where the Motivation Originates, but there is more to Receiving God’s Blessings than that. He has put forth parameters and directives that can act as guide rails to our journey.
It is easy to begin our Walk with God and then lose focus, diverting our attention and ultimately leading us to destruction if our trajectory is not corrected. That is where the instructions in this Verse come into play.
If you desire to be Blessed by God, what should you do or not do? Well, funny, you should ask! Here’s a list of actionable steps you can take. Step one: do not receive guidance, advice, or direction from individuals who do not Love God or Care about His Judgment. Their perspective will be fundamentally flawed due to their lack of concern for God. Following their recommendations will lead you on the wrong path.
The next step is not to hang out with or spend excessive time around those who couldn’t care less about God. What you deem essential is what you spend time with, which directly reflects what is in your heart. Much like taking direction from those individuals, just soaking up their mindsets can be damaging if you intend to remain close to the Lord.
The final admonition in this Verse is one I struggle with daily; scorn. Scorn is contempt, disdain, or disrespect characterized by mockery, ridicule, and derision of anything we focus on. If you don’t like it and make fun of it, that is scorn. Yeah, if you know me, you can see how this could be a problem. Sharp-tongued, semi-quick-witted, and ready for confrontation. That’s a terrible foundation for combating scorn.
However, no one ever said following God was gonna be easy, right? We do the hard work to receive the Worthy Prize. That’s just how it works! Tomorrow we’ll look at Verse 2 to see why all this self-denial and self-assessment are worth the effort. In the meantime, think about what you would have to do to comply with Verse one of Psalm 1. Are you in the Proper Position to be Blessed by The Lord?
God, I Appreciate the Challenges Presented by Reading, Understanding, and Following Your Word. Please help me to Comply with your Cautioning and Conform to your Counsel. I know your Way is the only Way and Pray for Your Spirit’s Anointing to Prepare me for Your Blessings. And Lord, I thank you in Advance for Your Help. Without it, I would fail. I pray this all in your Situation-Changing Name, Jesus, Amen!
Have a Terrific Tuesday! Are You In Position For A Blessing?