Do Not Walk, Stand, Nor Sit


June 6, 2011

I have started to read the Psalms and as one might expect the first one is Psalms 1. The theme of this Psalms centers around individuals who want to be blessed. When I think of being blessed I think of someone who goes thru life and has life handed to them. I have heard of people who go thru tough times and always seem to come thru on their feet. It’s someone who seems to be treated as a favorite. You might think of this person as having been given everything. Someone who is blessed could be one or a combination of a number of things, but in all of these circumstances there is a passive aspect to the situation in that the blessing comes to us and we are just a passive bystander.

David clarified what characterizes someone who is blessed. He said, “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,” (Psalms 1:1) He uses three actions that need to be taken if we are to be blessed. First we need to not “walk” in the steps of the wicked. Walking is a very active decision on our part. It means that we need to make a decision to not walk with people who are choosing to do things that are destructive to our relationship with the Lord. “Standing” is the second action we are not to take with sinners. When I think of standing, I think of not participating in the action, but giving verbal ascent to what they are doing by being there and taking a stand with them in what they are doing. Standing is not as active as walking, but it is agreeing with what they ee doing. It’s like standing guard as someone is about to do something wrong. The third action involves “sitting” which is much more passive where we are there and are listening to what is being said but are not participating in the actions. It’s like allowing life to pass us by and us allowing it to pass us by without doing anything actively to change something wrong that is happening.

Individuals who are blessed are ones who are not walking, standing, or sitting with those who do wrong, but are actively involved with feeding their minds with God and his word throughout the day and night as they live, as David said, “but whose delight is in the law of the lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalms 1:2). It is an active choice to not do some things and to choose to do healthy things. Blessings come from God those who choose.

On your journey today, be careful with whom you walk and where you stand and what you are sitting and listening to.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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