June 13, 2021
A Triple Play
Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV) 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. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Here are the final “not” verses we will look at in our daily devotions. This scripture from Psalms is a triple play, with three vital “nots” for us to follow, and all of them God saw fit to include in the first verse. The second verse is critical for us, for it highlights that we can choose to honor and please God instead of walking apart from Him in this wicked world.
This first verse speaks of three everyday actions for us not to do: walk among ungodly council, stand in the way of sinners, and sit among the scornful. All these actions are essential instructions that each child of God should hear and heed in his life, for practicing them will lead to bondage and spiritual oppression.
The last verse ends with what every child of God can do in pleasing and honoring Him as they walk in this world. This verse directs us to place God first and to revere His divine direction in our life. Instead of rambling about on our own, we are to follow God and to fellowship with Him.
Though this world is continually shifting religiously, politically, and financially each sincere child of God can continue his walk in this world with spiritual poise, trust, and confidence because he serves a God whose overall direction never changes (Hebrews 13:8). This biblically reliable guidance works across any avenue we may face, including the church, work, home, and interpersonal relationships, to bring honor and glory to God foremost.
I hope you finish this short “not” study by reading this entire Psalm, for it contains other valuable insights into how a child of God can walk in this world and aim towards eternity and fellowship forever with God. Each sincere professing Christian needs to understand and to apply God’s divine direction, both negative and positive decrees, and advice, to work in his life.
I hope these several days of looking at Bible “nots” will give you a clear idea of what not to do in serving God, and more importantly, what each of us should do in savoring and serving God with eternity in view as we walk in this world.
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