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.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Lord is very acquainted with the way of the righteous. He is familiar because He is there. I, on the other hand, have spent too many days of my life becoming ever so familiar with the way of the wicked. The way of the righteous is not simply living right. It is being right. It is being right with God and this is only possible through the blood of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Without accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we cannot take one step onto the path of the righteous.
Yesterday on my Twitter account (@Pastor_LeeYoung), I was going back and forth with a spiritual person who was not a Christian. They did not claim to be a Christian, and yet they very adamant that Jesus Christ was their ‘spirit guide.’ I am not exactly what this person meant, but what I gathered was that she followed the teachings of Christ, but she did not accept Christ as the One who accepted our sins upon His back that we might be innocent before God. This is a common thing we are seeing throughout the spiritual teachings of this world and it is creeping into some mainline denominations. Living as Christ lived and loving as Christ loved is a good thing for anyone to emulate. However, it does not erase our sin. Our sins can only be erased when, by faith, we accept the crucifixion of Christ as God’s punishment that we deserved, but He took our place that God might not hold our sins against us.
The key to this passage is not that there is a good way to live and a bad way to live. The key to this all is that ‘the Lord watches over the way of the righteous.’ The Lord, who always loves and always protects, is watching over us on the path of righteousness. Many people may do the things required of us on the path of righteousness, but they have not yet been made right because their sin has never been covered. They may be very moral, but without the forgiveness of their sins, they are unable to stand before God on the path to righteous. Once we have accept Christ as the only One who could remove our sin, then we step onto the path of righteous. It is there the Lord begins to watch over us, protect us, and prosper us.
Let us praise the Lord for making it possible for us to walk on this path! Let’s put our faith in Him that we might take our first step on this path. And let’s delight in His law and follow His ways that we might live a life watched over by an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God.
Have you taken the first step onto the way of the righteous by accepting His sacrifice as the price paid for your sin? If you have, are you living a life that reflects thankfulness for what He did for you on the cross?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.