February 19: The Company You Keep

February 19: The Company You Keep

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Chris Rowekamp

A quick note:

I really enjoyed going verse-by-verse through Psalm 27, and decided to run with that idea a bit. So today, I’m starting a series on the Psalms, starting in Psalm 1 and going verse by verse, seeing what God wants to show us in this amazing book.

I love the Psalms because they show us what it looks like to pray and hold nothing back from God: the good, the bad and the (very) ugly feelings we feel on a daily basis.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Now, for today’s post:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;”
—Psalm 1:1 ESV

Psalm 1 speaks of the person who is blessed.

The first thing the Psalmist mentions about this person is that they are careful about the company they keep.

And more specifically, they do not seek counsel from ungodly people but from the “law of the Lord,” i.e. the Torah or the Scriptures of that time (see verse 2).

We live in a world with no lack of opinions and advice about how to live a blessed life.

Psalm 1 makes it clear: only God’s word (or “instruction”) will give us the counsel we need to live a truly abundant life.

Here’s a question to ponder today: When making important decisions, where do you look for counsel?

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Breathe in: God,
Breathe out: Teach me.

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