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The Person Blessed by God Knows What Evil Looks Like

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; 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 that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will 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 wicked will perish. (Psalms 1:1-6)

What kind of person is blessed by the Lord? God’s blessing, you know, is the opposite of His curse. Ever since the Fall in Eden, man has been under the curse. And justly so. Death. Pain. The creation itself fighting against us with its thorns and diseases, stinging insects and biting serpents. Even the oceans and the atmosphere we breathe can turn on us. Things have gone very, very wrong.

But then here is “the man” who is pronounced blessed by his Creator. Who is this man? I suggest to you that most fundamentally in the Psalmist’s inspired words here, this man he speaks of is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus did not walk in the counsel of the wicked. He did not stand around in the way of sinners so as to travel Broadway with them. He did not sit with those who scoffed His Father and the Holy Law. Instead, He delighted in that pure and righteous Word. Indeed, He was that Word incarnate. His roots went deep. He bore fruit and even though it looked like He was finished, in fact, in everything He did and came to do, He prospered.

And that is why WE who are in Him by faith are also pronounced blessed by God.

Consider now this blessed person. The Christian. The man or woman who have been made perfectly righteous (“justified” is the word) before God. Look at him. He also, like Christ:

  • Does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. That is, he does not order His life and thinking with the advice and philosophy of the children of the devil.
  • Does not stand in the way of sinners. He doesn’t set his feet in paths of wickedness.
  • Does not sit in the seat of scoffers. He does not sit down with the wicked and laugh along with them as they scoff at and mock God’s Word.
  • Delights in the Word of God and gives Himself to serious, ongoing contemplation of that Word.

As a result, this blessed man prospers. He lives. His roots go down deep. He bears good fruit even in times when the leaves of other trees are withering.

Not so the wicked. It is very hot and dry here where I live right now. Unusually so. If you drive through the Willamette Valley farmlands, you see fields and fields of stubble. The wheat and oats and grass seed have been harvested. The good seed has been taken to the warehouses awaiting sale. And the chaff? Gone. Blown away. Some decades ago before all the smoke became a problem, it would have been consumed in an instant when the farmers set the stubble fields alight and a huge, roaring flame rushed together in the middle of the field and in one great climaxing inferno turned all that was left to ash. The judgment you see. The wicked will not stand. Chaff in fire.

Now, here is my closing thesis. The Psalmist is telling us something else about the man who is blessed by God, and it is this:

The righteous man is able to identify and discern who the wicked are. He does not walk with them. He does not stand with them. He does not sit with them. He does not permit them to be in the congregation of the Lord’s people. And he is able to do this because he gives himself in faith to the Word of God. Day and night he meditates on that Word. And he believes it. It is his life.

This is still further evidence then from God’s own Word that the wicked, specifically the wicked who claim to be righteous, the wicked who claim to be Christians and who come to our churches and sit in the pews and scoff and mock the Lord without fear through their hypocrisy (the “Christian” abuser is of course a prime example), are not permitted to be among us.

Make no mistake. Psalm 1 says that the company we willfully choose to keep identifies who we really are.

 

10 Comments

  1. Still Reforming

    Bless you for this. What an encouraging word. The Word of Truth no less. Bless you for sharing God’s Truth. More and more I see the hand of God in my life as having blessed me in spite of the situation and the trial – and He cares for ALL of His children, not just me, so I know that He’s working in the lives of my sisters who come here thirsty and hungry for His Word and His righteousness.

  2. shepherdguardian

    Excellent, Jeff!
    Blessings,
    S/G

  3. healingInHim

    Right on, again!

  4. a prodigal daughter returns

    Amen! Both inside and outside of the church, I’ve learned to be very careful what counsel I consider valid and worth hearing or heading. This site for me is one of those wise and valid places.
    Blessed is the person that doesn’t take the counsel of the wicked was learned through hard lessons and is now a guiding principle in my life. Lifestyle and not accolades of men is one thing to look at in determining whose advice to heed. I had a praised by man Christian counselor at one point that prayed with me and handed out bible verses. She lost her license to practice because while quoting scriptures to me she had a long term affair with a client, no wonder my life didn’t change in those years I sought her counsel. Unfortunately confidentiality laws rarely protect the abused but they certainly hide a multitude of wickedness that should invalidate a good number of counselors.

    My prime abuser anti-husband was a mental health clinical director that gave marriage advice while giving me black eyes at home because I asked where he was when he disappeared for the weekend. He thought affairs were great apparently and even Christians went to him for relationship advice. Oh he sat in a pew at church while pastors courted his praise to gain his favor. He was one the most demonically controlled men I ever met, but, hailed as a counselor, he inserted poisonous advice. No one knew about his secret life except me and some patients he exploited.

    Is the counselor that gives parenting advice having physical assaulting his children? I’ve seen that. Is the counselor that gives marriage advice engaged in an affair? Plenty are. Is the counselor that works with families soliciting teenagers for sex with offers of drugs? (One of my ex’s counselors got busted for doing this) Such a loving, nice, helpful counselor too. Is the counselor a narcissist, predator, or godless tool of satan? Plenty are, and in this profession with the potential to have such impact on lives it is especially important to practice discernment and wait on the Lord for guidance about whom we trust

    Some people have wonderful help from a counselor, just like some women have wonderful husbands that wouldn’t hit them. This doesn’t mean that predators in marriage and the counseling field don’t exist. Discernment is required to live a righteous life and we do have discernment, God didn’t leave us without that power.

    Sometimes we underestimate the power of the in resident counselor to give us direction, guidance, help and comfort and lead us and illuminate our understanding to the ultimate source of all wisdom,God’s and His word.
    The holy spirit has been given as our counselor and comforter John 14:6 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

    It is no small thing to have the Spirit of discernment and wise counsel resident in our lives. Perhaps that is what lead many of us here, and out of exploitive abusive relationships with ungodly churches and spouses. It is evidence to me of God’s power to have a voice crying out in the wilderness of wickedness and provide guidance to the Source of Light. We know his voice and hear it, this is something to take comfort in.

    • Still Reforming

      Thank you, a prodigal daughter. That was so very beautifully written and a reminder of how it is no small thing to have the indwelling Holy Spirit. I believe too that is He Who has lead us all to this site.

  5. Melody

    Love this. I was thinking as reading though that the one who loves God will not hang out with people who scoff not only at God’s Word but also will avoid professors who mock God’s people. Anyone who derisively denigrates others created in God’s image and especially God’s beloved children is in danger of hellfire. Maybe that’s too strong for folks but it seems to be consistent with much Scripture-including Matthew 18:1-10, and the book of Jude.

    God’s people may call out sin, but they don’t have to mock people’s personhood, rather there is a holy and humble grieving whenever Christians confront evil in other human beings. I think the church needs this Word because a lot of persons of influence are extremely puffed up and are leading people away from God and into slavery to a scoffer’s mentality.

    And the same scoffers accuse any who stand up to abuse and bullying of scoffing. Sick and sad. But God knows His own and they know His voice.

    • Melody

      And when I said “professors” I meant professors of Christianity, NOT university teaching staff. ;0)

  6. Isurvivedabuse

    Sad to say.. It took sitting in a church pew with my abuser to see the wickedness behind the pulpit.
    After expressing what they had done in ripping my family apart. (They were experts at dividing husband and wife.
    The pastor had the gall to tell me…not face to face, btw.)

    Abusers use other means of power and control…Such as….Certified letters and emails were their choice of intimidation.

    It was when I was absent from the service they slandered my name.
    I am now praying God will close the doors of this cultish church.
    I have lost so much.

  7. Isurvivedabuse

    Thank God! The believer has the Holy Spirit. The gift of discernment in the fire of affliction has been my steadfast companion. Use the gifts God gives you! May they bring glory to His holy name.

    • Hi Isurvivedabuse, just a tip — please take care when submitting comments to the blog. I had to change your screen name, and remove the link to your URL in your sceen name, before publishing your last two comments because the name you’d given showed most of the identifying part of your email address. We want to help you keep safe, but as moderators we can’t be perfect.

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