Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law] of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
I love reading different translations of the Bible. Often if a verse or passage stands out to me, I go to www.blueletterbible.com and read it in several translations- ESV, NLT, NASB are some faves. Or, I’ll look it up in my Amplified Bible (it takes a definition and sticks it right in the verse...try it!) In amplified verse one reads, “Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Fortunate is the person who doesn’t follow the advice of the wicked. What foolish person am I letting talk me into something that is not godly? Blessed is the person who doesn’t follow the example of the wicked. What unwise person am I listening to about ______________ (fill in the blank: my marriage, my friendships, my job, my calling/purpose, etc).
What we meditate on becomes our counselor. Do I meditate on God’s Word? If yes, my thoughts, words, and actions will be a blessing both to me and to others. Do I meditate on others opinion? If yes, then my thoughts, words, and action will be filled with jealousy, envy, rivalry, insecurity...all opposite of a blessing to me and others.
One of my favorite verses Romans 12:2 says,
"Do not be conformed to this world,] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
What we meditate on becomes our counselor.
If I read a 3 sentence devotional, then I spend hours being conformed to how everyone else views God, me, themselves, and the world, I will not live a blessed, fortunate, prosperous and favored by God life.
Psalm 119:9 reminds, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
We have to go to Scripture so we know who we are. If we want to be secure, bearing fruit, and prosper in all we do...we need to meditate on God’s Word so the very voice of God is our counselor. - Amy