Pastor Donna Schultz speaks on “Establishing Our Identity” based on Psalm 1:1-6:
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers”
Blessed – how rewarding
Blessed is defined as a person who experiences the optimum life as God intended.
This person is one held up as a model before all who would read this as one to be envied.
This blessed person has a future hope. Blessed has been rendered happy however it does not reveal that suffering saints are fortunate and that a life outlasts this world.
Wicked are those participating in negative behavior – evil thoughts words and deeds.
This type of behavior portrays a person’s inner disharmony and unrest.
A righteous person is one who benefits the community at the expense of disadvantaging oneself living according to God’s laws.
In contrast the wicked is one who will disadvantage the community while looking out for their own benefit.
The wicked will push and shove to get their way.
Sinner – Sinner is the one who misses the mark.
The mark is defined by I AM’S teaching through conscience and special revelation.
Sin is usually presented as being against God or disobeying God’s word.
Our relationship between God and the community are inseparable.
A sinner acts in rebellion to I AM’S decrees and as a result acts offensively towards others in community.
Mocker – Mocker is the most toughened of people who have forsaken God’s ways and decrees.
The mocker does not keep good company.
A mocker is the antithesis of the wise, the discerning, is lumped together with fools, is gullible and to cap it all off are proud and haughty.
They can open their big mouths and let loose the tensions and strains in a community and the whole community are at loggerheads and destroy it.
As W. McKane states in Proverbs: A New Approach, “No man earns more universal detestation or deserves it more than he who wears a perpetual sneer, who is himself incapable of deep loyalty and reverence and who supposes that it is his mission in life to promote the corrosion of the values by which individuals and society live.”
Three nouns are paired with verbs. He begins with cautioning against “WALKING” in the counsel, a pattern of thinking. We are not to STAND in the way, a pattern of behavior. Finally we are not to SIT in the seat, a pattern of identification.
Our society has made the choice to listen and take note to what the counsel of the world is saying as they go on their way.
Next they have stopped and given more attention to the very actions of the sinner, resulting with finally sitting down and not making any movement to disagree with an alternative lifestyle, abuses, those choices and ways of life which are diabolically opposed to God’s law and decrees.
We first endure, then pity and finally embrace that which is wrong.
Verse two takes a sharp turn and we are given a fresh look through a window upon a white crisp field of snow glistening in the sun after a dark, blistering day of snowfall.
“But whose delight is in the law of the LORD,and who meditates on his law day and night.
But fortunate is he who, denotes a feeling of pleasure and expresses an affection for another, in the law of the Lord.
Who is the Lord? The Lord defines who He is to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7, “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Delighting and meditating on God’s word results in a life living in the way of righteousness.
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do 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 leads to destruction.”