I’d like to begin with apologizing for my abrupt silence. Not intentional. I’ve had no opportunity to interact with the community due to recent inevitable adjustment to my personal routines and also my internet connection (amongst others) – It can be very frustrating when both decide to form allies. Nonetheless, I’m really sorry. However, this may still go on for some time.
I hope my apology’s accepted. I do have a lot of post to catch up with…
Now to the post.
This is the third part of the ongoing series – The Psalms Odyssey. In this series I make a post on selected Psalms, sharing what the Holy Spirit ministers to me while meditating on it. You can read the first and second posts by clicking on the respective links. The Holy Spirit has taught me a lot while doing this series. And I hope it speaks to you, in the very way possible.
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful
Blessed is the one who has chosen not to walk in the way of sinners. This is not to say that such a one is sinless. He or she has only chosen not to G👶R👨O👴W in sin; to take it as a lifestyle; to be a habitual sinner.
I hope this illustration would assist.
It’s just like having a new family in your neighborhood. There’s every possibility you walk past their apartment the first time. And after some time (not so long though), you may get into a conversation that’d be likely done standing. And you might get an invitation for dinner.
Whenever you choose to honour the invitation, while on table you’d be taking a more fixed position than walking and standing. Sitting.
And the way the dinner goes is determined by the one under whose roof you’re sitted; the same way no (single) passenger can dictate the direction of a public transport.
As a pedestrian you move in your own direction and at your own pace. As a commuter, you still have a level of right over your movement. But then, the moment you enter a public transport, you lose that right to a great extent. How? They already have a destination, and the power lies in the hands of whoever ‘s behind the wheel. Sin often takes that path.
Pedestrian – Walk 🚶
Commuter – Stand 👬
Passenger – Sit ♿
The above illustration portrays a progression in acclimation.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord , And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water.
Well, not only the don’t(s) make a blessed person. The do(s) also matter a great deal.
So what is their practice. They take delight in the word of God. They love it so much that they meditate on it. Meditation provides the blessed with all that they need to live life.
Now this is the part I love so much: They are like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Wow! This is not just a metaphorical statement. They really are what the Psalmist describes them as.
What are the qualities of trees planted by the rivers of water?
That brings forth its fruit in its season…
Right from creation, God designed fruit-bearing trees to produce after their kind. And so the blessed are marked by the fruit they bear.
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23 NKJV
To receive Salvation is to receive GRACE, that is, to be viable – possessing the ability to die. However, baptism (in and of the Holy Spirit) is the planting itself – receiving the necessary support for life (growth and development) and fruit bearing.
The blessed are those who have not just at one point in their lives received the Word (seed) from the Holy Spirit. The blessed continues receive the Word and bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
Having given a biblical reference that highlights the fruit of the Holy Spirit, it’s necessary is add that not all who express any of these traits do so under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Paul has this to say: “And it is no wonder. Even Satan tries to make himself look like an angel of light. So why does it seem strange for Satan’s servants to pretend to do what is right? Some day they will get exactly what they deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 CEVUK
Also, if you consider the story of the beautiful gate, you’d agree with me that Peter and James could have just given the lame man money (no matter how small) just like every other person. The act would have depicted love, as in the case of others who gave alms. (Acts 3:1-10)
However, theirs was a different case. In love, and through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they prayed for the man and he received something worth more than money. Healing.
These fruit are often birthed from actions that are always thought foolish by those who lack understanding of the Holy Spirt. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV
Whose leaf also shall not wither…
Trees planted by the rivers of water are marked by constant freshness. As I mentioned earlier, they meditate on God’s word. The Word refreshes the blessed.
It’s true that the Holy Spirit convicts the blessed of sin. He doesn’t just do this to make the blessed aware of their vileness, but to make them understand the need to be completely dependent on GRACE (Jesus) given by the Father.
The picture’s getting clearer…
Because of meditation on the Word and the immeasurable help of the Holy Spirit, the blessed know God more and are thus sensitive to sin, and tend to repent more. They are completely dependent on God’s Word that has the power to renew.
Whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper…
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4 KJV
We must be careful not to be deceived into believing that believing and accepting Jesus marks and end to trials. In the words of Jesus, “…in the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 KJV
Our faith in the finished work of Christ is what we need to overcome the world. The blessed is a broken person who has hope in Christ, and Christ alone. We don’t need the world to see us as ‘powerful’, after all, we are weak.
Christ is our strength – He says to the blessed just as He said to Paul “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV – Jesus Christ is our Strength.
The blessed are so weak that they just follow and not practice some daily activities. They are followers and not just law keepers. Yes, they glory in their weakness. That’s the faith we’re talking about. And that’s the faith that makes the blessed strong.
The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away…
When we say the blessed will be deeply rooted, we are not in any way saying that one doesn’t build roots in sin. The truth is, there are no trends in Christianity. We serve a God who never changes – same is His word which He even honours more than His name. We can only grow deeper; Increase in our knowledge of our unchanging God.
Christianity is marked by stability, as opposed to the world. The world’s system is a constantly changing one. It creates a trend, and all those who live by the world’s system follow the trends. Thus, the reason for lack of peace. Instability.
How can one have peace when he or she is living under the administration of a constantly changing system.
How would you have your rose flower grow? Transplanted from one part of your garden to another as frequently as you have the opportunity to do so?
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Plants that fail to remain firm or rooted in the soil end up out of the garden. The worst chaff can do is litter the garden, making it appalling. Which is the more reason why the chaff can’t share a place with the well rooted plants.
No gardener leaves the beautiful flowers in the garden in chase of chaff. So it shouldn’t surprise you to see the blessed have the attention of God to themselves (on a personal basis). How sweet!
You can be the Blessed person decribed in this Psalm.
Remain BLESSED 🙂