The Progression

Psalm 1:1 “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;”

For years reading this passage the progression within this verse has not been evident to me. Rather, I’ve looked at how a man is not of wickedness seiners, nor scoffers. I want to take a look at the progression that we see here.

First, we see look at the one who “walks”. They are listening to the counsel of the wicked. They hear the advice of the wicked and take heed of it rather than godly advice. In so many of my counseling sessions I take time in helping people see the biblical way of doing things and combating unbiblical advice.

Secondly, standing in the way of sinners. Now you are taking part of the way. No longer are you simply hearing advice, rather you are part of it. Your identity has become your sin. Rather than seeking the Lord, you continue down the path of sinfulness.

Lastly, you sit in the seat. You are now an evangelist of the sinful way. You call what is evil good and good evil. This individual is set against godliness and seeks to take down godly ways. Our culture is becoming more and more like this type of society.

The blessed man or woman is one that seeks not these ways but looks at verse 2. They desire the law of the Lord, they seek God’s Word and His ways. Their identity is in Christ and not their sinfulness. They seek to tell others of the goodness of Christ. That is a blessed man. My prayer is that we would all seek to be blessed.

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