Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful
Be careful of whom you keep company with: the wrong company could cause you to miss out on your blessings.
The wrong company could alter the trajectory of your life for generations to come. That was certainly the experience of Solomon, his wives were mostly ungodly women; this did not seem to affect His reverence for God in the early years of his rule, but as he got older he started to take on their ungodly practices and worshiped their gods. The result of the influence of these women on Solomon was that they caused him to lose favour with God, such that after his death 10 of the tribes of Israel who were previously under the control of his Kingdom were taken away from his son and were never returned.
It was experiences like that of Solomon that the Psalmist wanted us to avoid why he stated in Psalms 1, “blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Simply put, what the Psalmist was saying was, do not let the wrong company cause you to miss out on your blessings. He identified 3 possible ways in which such a scenario could be prevented. The first is to refuse to walk in the counsel of the ungodly or listen to ungodly advice. The second is to not stand in the way of sinners by adopting their bad habits. Thirdly, stay away from sitting in the seat of the scornful by being proud and refusing to take correction.
Solomon’s decision to associate with the wrong women had life altering implications. Why make the same mistake?
Life Application: Look for godly minded people to include in your inner circle.
Prayer: Lord, surround me with the right people. Remove anyone whose aim is to take me out of your presence. In Jesus name, amen.