Deeply Rooted Part 2

Psalm 1:1  says:

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.

The first step to having deep roots is grounded in the physical.  This verse has three primary verbs:  walk, stand, sit.  Now, this is where I find life very interesting.  You see, Jesus sat with tax collectors.  He was a friend to those where weren’t religious.  Those of his day would have certainly felt he violated this verse.  How can you be like Jesus, a friend to sinners, and still have deep roots?

Where are you walking?  Are you walking in the counsel of the wicked, or are you walking with the wicked and counseling them?

Where are you standing?  Are you standing “in the way” or do you “have the habits of” sinners, or do you stand with sinners and watch their habits change because they have become your friend?

Sitting in the seat of scorners – well, looking at the original language doesn’t help much here – it means what it says.  However, if you investigate the word scorner or mocker more, you find that it appears to be synonymous with “fool” or “unteachable” – someone who is closed minded and not willing to take in another point of view.

So, the first step to being deep rooted is to

  • be teachable,
  • not have the habits of sinners,
  • make sure you get your counsel from godly people.
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One Response to “Deeply Rooted Part 2”

  1. Jeanine Says:

    I am most impressed with your questions:

    “Are you walking with the wicked and counseling them?”

    “Do you stand with sinners and watch their habits change because they have become your friend?”

    Am I (or am I with) ““unteachable” – someone who is closed minded and not willing to take in another point of view?”

    Those are deep, relevant questions – to last a decade or a life time!

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