Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the godly person who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers . . .
Well, that about covers our daily movements. Whenever we walk, sit or stand, we are not to follow the example of the people we know who are negative, immoral or not following the Commandments of God. The sinner stands firm in their resolve. They make excuses for their actions, blame everyone and everything else, and will not take any action to change. Or, perhaps they feel hopeless and powerless to do anything to move out of their situation. The wicked are on the move, dodging the bullets, so to speak. In the ancient world, teachers walked and talked, students followed. The wicked are definitely looking for followers. The scoffers? They sit in judgement, don’t they? They won’t lift a finger to take any action, but they will criticize and nay-say other’s actions until they are blue in the face.
What position is left? The one on our knees. St. Paul said we are to be in a constant state of prayer. Nothing is more true today. With the bombardment of thoughts that hit us from TV, radio, our IPhone, social networks and emails on a daily basis, our minds can quickly become mush. We need to be watchful, careful and diligently filter all we hear do and say through our faith and the Word of God. It is not just what would Jesus do, but what would He say or think.
An old saying says if you start and end your day with a knot of prayer, your day will not unravel. I have found, I need to keep tying the knots as I go through my day, as I weave my responsibilities and what I hear, do or say into my life. I can only see the knotted maze on my side, but on the other side, I know God is interlacing threads of my life into a beautiful tapestry. Because as the rest of the verse goes, I try to meditate on His Word day and night because the Law of the Lord is my delight.
Sure it is easier said than done and I make mistakes. I’ve been know to scoff, and sin and think wicked thoughts. We all do. God knows how to rip that out and repair it. His mercies are new every morning. It is never to late to change positions and get back on our knees.