Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Have you ever watched a young child walking along with its parent(s), and trying to keep in step with them. It can be very hard, particularly as their strides are different lengths. As we grow up we usually find it easier to keep in step.
The verses above from Psalm 1 tell us that we should not ‘walk’, ‘stand’ or ‘sit’ in the way the world does. This does not mean that we should withdraw from the world in fear of contamination. What it means is that we should not model ourselves against the standards set by society at large. The child endeavouring to keep in step with the parent is trying to imitate or model themselves against the parent (at least in their stride). However, as Christians, we should be out of step with the world and the standards it sets.
The road to God’s blessing is to focus your life on what he wants. If you do that, you will find yourself out of step with the world and in step with God.
The psalmist tells us that receiving God’s blessing is like a tree planted beside water. The tree produces fruit and its leaves do not wither. What a wonderful image!
If you have found yourself in step with the world, my prayer for you is that you will return to God and take delight in reading and meditating on his word. Testing yourself against God’s word (the Bible) will reveal those areas of your life where God wants you to be in step with him.
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