“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of with the wicked…” (Psalm 1:1)
In the Old Testament, the Jews understood that God’s blessing was located in proximity to the Ark of the Covenant, that represented the epicenter of His blessings. The closer you were to the ark, the more you experienced His blessing. From there, God’s blessings flowed through Israel’s camp in concentric circles. But if you were outside the camp in the wilderness or the dessert, you were cursed since you led a meaningless life apart from God.
But the people of God enjoyed the blessings of God as their lives were set apart to represent the holy King. Yes, there were bloody sacrifices and even laws that seem strange to us today, but all these rules pointed to the purity and holiness of God because God cannot be tainted by impurities and sin. But this is who we are – we are sinners who do not deserve His blessings.
But these provisional laws were only temporary and pointed to the final sacrifice – the sacrifice of the Son of God at the cross of Jesus Christ. By faith in Christ, we are blessed beyond measure, and though we do not deserve to know God, when we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God adopts us as his own children and empowers us to flee from evil and walk in faith with Him. In Christ, he loves us as he loves the Son.
Walk with Christ as you walk away from the wicked. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked!
Question: What wickedness or temptation in my life do I need to flee from?
Challenge: Read Psalm 1 and draw near to God in prayer.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the blessings of knowing you, walking with you, and knowing that I am your child through faith in Christ. Amen.
Tim Cho, Chapel Leader -- Washington Nationals