This week begins our devotional journey through the book of Psalms. As this is the year of hope, we look to the psalms devotionally, for they are an honest, theologically rich guide to hope for the believer. I pray you enjoy this journey and find Christ-centered hope along the way.
Two groups of people described in this Psalm. Those who are blessed and those who are wicked. Blessed (v1): Don’t make the mistake of reading this verse forwards when it is really supposed to be read backwards. Whenever I read this verse, I remember being taught that the blessed ones were those who didn’t hang out with the sinful people, so don’t do that! Though that is important and I think this verse certainly shares that sentiment, I think there is a deeper meaning to this verse than to stay away from sinful people. To begin, look at the way the phrases are arranged and you will see the progression of sin.
1. Walk in the counsel of the wicked: This person is talking with, seeking counsel from people who are wicked and rebellious toward the things of the lord, or even in blatant sin as a believer.
2. Stand in the path of sinners: Now the person has stopped to chat. They are making a habit of association with those who are wicked.
3. Sit in the seat of scoffers: Now they are a scoffer, mocking the things of God, choosing to sit with those who despise God and mock Him to His face.
We are told repeatedly in Scripture to pay attention to our associations, not because they impact our standing with God, but because relationships with people are intertwined with our relationship to God. Proverbs 13:20 is a clear admonition, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Hope in the Psalms
Where do you go for counsel? Where are you going for “wisdom”? What is the authority of your life? Are you running to the opinions of the culture or to the Scriptures? Scripture contains all that we need for life and Godliness and it is those who run to the Scriptures who are truly blessed (2 Peter 1:3-4).