Do Not Walk, Stand, Sit
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Psalms 1:1-3. Do not Walk, Stand, or Sit. This is a very important concept for us to measure our lives by.
1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Verse 1 – It starts out with a description of who the man is that is in accordance with what follows. He is blessed. The word “Blessed” in this context is the same word used by Jesus in Matthew 5 for each of the beatitudes. It means “truly happy, blessedness, or happiness.” This is an eternal happiness that only comes from God. The next three parts of verse one tell us how to be blessed.
“Do not walk in the counsel of the wicked” This is the first phase of becoming stagnant in our lives. Taking advice from the wicked or is the first step in failing to meet God’s standards. The term wicked is more than just the literally meaning of “criminal,” it is equated with the term “sinner.” Therefore, anyone who is not godly, saved, making moral choices, or all of the above are bad people to accept advice from. When we accept this advice we are accepting their principles, their worldview, and it clouds our vision in making honorable choices.
“Stand in the path of sinners.” The second phase is participation. What is a path? It is a way to a destination. If sinners are those that we described earlier as not having a godly mindset, those who have yet to come to know the saving power of Jesus Christ, then the path which they walk is a path to destruction. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” The paths are very clear. What the psalmist is saying here is a warning about doing the same things, living the same lifestyle as those who are bound for destruction.
“Sit in the seat of scoffers.” The final phase in going astray from the way of the Lord is joining in with those who openly mock the way. We all know those people who can’t help themselves but poke fun at the church, at Christians, and at the Word of God. It takes a lot more effort to openly ridicule a people or way of life than simply avoiding it. A sure sign that someone is against something is by their speech against it.
In summary of these three concepts we can draw a parallel between the terms walk, stand sit. There is a progression of forward progress to utter stagnancy. The Christian walk is a more than a walk, it is a race! 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” When we start to listen to bad advice we start to walk, when we join in that bad advice we stand still, and when we go along with the people who gave that bad advice we sit stagnant in our sin.
Verses 2 & 3 – How do we avoid faltering? The blessed man avoids slowing down in his walk but “delights in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night” The scriptures cannot be more clear. we need to saturate ourselves in God’s Word so that we do not go astray. We become planted by streams of water like a tree that has everlasting vitality. When the psalmist says “planted,” he does not mean the tree grew up here but that it has been transplanted. When we accept Christ as our salvation we are a new creation, an adopted child, a transplanted tree and our inheritance is eternal life.
Soak yourself in the Word of God so that your desires may be the desires of your God. Then you shall prosper in all that you do. Go in peace and be careful not to fall into the deception of the world that wants to see you stop and sit with them mocking the runners who run the race.