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
Blessed. We often talk about how blessed we are. Usually, the concept of being blessed is associated with looking at all of the material possessions that we have. We compare ourselves with others and declare that we are truly blessed. We may also consider our health, our family relationships, or even our circumstantial happiness. However, the Psalmist has a different idea in mind when referring to the man who is blessed.
This biblical concept of "blessed" is a deep contentment an joy that is found in God. It is not based on how many material possessions that we have accumulated. It is not based on whether or not our family relationships are healthy. It is not based on circumstances. It is the kind of joy and contentment that enables those in persecution and trials to still feel "blessed."
This blessed man is first described as what he does not do. In order for us to walk in the blessing of God we must avoid walking in places that will hinder us from that blessing. Those who are truly blessed:
- Do not walk in the counsel of the wicked
- Do not stand in the way of sinners
- Do not sit in the seat of scoffers.