Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 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, which yields its fruit in seasona nd whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Blessed; the opening word of the Psalms contains the essence of all that is to follow. The blessings they unfold ﬂow in two directions: from God to man, and from man back again to God. David goes on to sum up the blessedness promised to man in one brief, expressive sentence: “Whatever he does prospers.” How can you be such a person—blessed of Gods o that whatever you do prospers?
David lays down ﬁve conditions, the ﬁrst three negative, the last two positive. First, the negative: you must notwalk in the counsel of the wicked; you must not stand in the way of sinners; you must not sit in the seat of mockers. There is one decisive issue: from where do you get your counsel? The counsel you follow determines the course of your life. If your counsel comes from the people who reject God’s principles and ﬂout His requirements, you can have no claim upon His blessing.
Next, the positive: you must delight in the law of the Lord and you must meditate on it day and night. The ultimate source of all wise and righteous counsel is the law of the Lord. If you ﬁll your heart and mind continually with His law, and if you direct your life according to it, then blessing and prosperity are your God-appointed portion.
Perhaps you are weary of frustration and failure. Then take heed to these rules. Meditate on them. Apply them. They will work in your life. God Himself guarantees you success.
Lord, I will follow the example of David and say, “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counsellors” (Psalm 119:24).
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The Psalms supply encouragement, inspiration, correction, inner strength and vision. These short meditations on the Psalms help get your day off to a good start!