Summary: Psalm 1 gives to us three avoidances that we must heed in order for us to experience of the deep personal satisfaction that is available only to those who walk with God.
Walk Not , Stand Not, Sit Not
Introduction: O how great is the blessedness, the full sense of happiness, of the man who is devoted to being more than just a hearer but a doer of the Word! Psalm 1 gives to us three avoidances that we must heed in order for us to experience of the deep personal satisfaction that is available only to those who walk with God.
I. Walk not in the counsel of the ungodly
A. Walk – to go along with, proceed, live in the manner of
B. Counsel – advice, wisdom
C. To walk in the counsel of the wicked is to go alongside of the world and do as they do, lending an ear to their distorted wisdom.
D. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but its end is the way of death.”
E. The world system is committed to at least four major objectives, which I can summarize in four words: fortune, fame, power, pleasure. First and foremost: Fortune, money. The world system is driven by money; it feeds on materialism. Second: Fame. That is another word for popularity. Fame is the longing to be known, to be somebody in someone else's eyes. Third: Power. This is having influence, maintaining control over individuals or groups or companies or whatever. It is the desire to manipulate and maneuver others to do something for one's own benefit. Fourth: Pleasure. At its basic level, pleasure has to do with fulfilling one's sensual desires. It's the same mindset that's behind the slogan: "If it feels good, do it." – Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.219.
F. It has been sadly said that today’s church is imitating the world much more than the world is imitating the church.
G. 1Corinthians 3:19-20 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”
H. Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
I. We are either imitating the world or we are imitating the word
J. When you walk with Christ, you'll be out of step with the world. – copied
K. 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
II. Do not stand in the path of sinners.
A. Standing firm in the way of sinners
B. Stand – in the Hebrew has many shades of meaning all of which have application here. Definitions of the Hebrew word translated stand include: to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist.
C. Proverbs 1:10, 15 “My son, if sinners entice you, DO NOT consent... My son, do not walk in the way with them; Keep your foot from their path”
D. Once we have begun to walk according to the path of this world it becomes easier and more comfortable for us to continue walking that path than to follow the path of holiness.