Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (New King James Version)
Psalm 1 is arguably one of the most well-known passages of Scripture. As Christians, we probably know the entire Psalm by heart, without realizing that this passage comes with specific direction as to how we can be assured of His blessings.
Sometimes little habits we pick up along the way end up being the measures that define us. When we know what is right, we have no excuse for doing otherwise. May I invite you to W.A.T.C.H. with me today?
- Watch your Walk – There is a blessing promised to the one who does not “walk in the counsel of the ungodly.” What we listen to can impact what we become. We ought to be careful from whose counsel we seek and from whom we take advice in the midst of our crises.
- Watch where you Abide – According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for stand is amad, and one of its meanings is to abide. Where we choose to set up house is important to our Christian walk. We should never allow ourselves to become so used to the sin around us that we find end up being comfortable with those who are contrary to His design.
- Watch your Thoughts – The stories in the news are often filled with sadness and despair. What we read or hear or see has a tendency to influence our thoughts. Good news may seem hard to find, but if we choose to meditate on His law, not only will we find The Good News, but we will have less time to dwell on the negatives that are around us. Our thoughts become more Christlike as we spend more time on the things of Christ.
- Watch where you Convene – I have often heard that our company defines us, and that we will likely develop the habits of those with whom we spend the most time. Where we sit and who we spend time with can affect how we are viewed, and how we in turn view what’s around us. While we live in this world, we must relate to those who are around us, but we must be careful that we identify with those who desire to live to please Him.
- Watch your Health – Verses 3 and 4 shows a contrast between the fate of the blessed and that of the ungodly. Healthy plants bear good fruit and do not wither, but the chaff has no life left in it, and is certainly unable to grow and flourish. The blessed man prospers, but the ungodly are like the withered and dried useless waste that the wind carries away. … Are you living like one anchored in Him, or are you blowing about like the unhealthy, lifeless chaff?
Standing for Him seems like a pretty easy thing to do, but the enemy is on the warpath. The time is short and he is trying to deceive as many as he can, “but do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9 Our God has given us instructions on how we can remain in Him. We have been warned. Let us purpose to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” St Mark 13: 35-37
Inventory/ Introspection: Am I really careful of where I walk, sit and stand?
Personal Application: What are the practical ways in which I can apply the W.A.T.C.H principles to my daily walk?
Father, I am thankful for the instructions You give us and the clarity with which You speak.
I pray that You will help us to be honest about where we have set up tents, how we have influenced others, and how we allow others to influence our Christian walk. Help us to be on the alert for the bad habits that we often unconsciously develop, and that we will be open to being accountable to others who can help us when we step away from Your perfect will.
Show us how to develop habits that will help us grow in the knowledge and understanding of who You are. May You watch over us as we purpose to live blessed lives in Your sight.
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