As I mentioned in the Introduction to this devotional, David was known as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14 & Acts 13:22). I’m sure I’m not the first to wonder, though, what it was that made him that way. Over the many years that I’ve considered it, I think I have reached a conclusion of my own.
David was a worshipper! When it came time to confront Goliath, he worshipped God. When he was finally able to bring the Ark of the Covenant home, he worshipped God. Even after realizing the great sin he had committed in his relationship with Bathsheba, he still worshipped God, even as his newborn son lay dying.
No matter what situation he found himself in, God was always the first thing on his mind. And we can see, right away, the book of Psalms starts off with David’s overwhelming thoughts on the subject:
Psalms 1:1-2) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
The first thing that caught my attention was the mention of “ungodly” and “sinners” as if they were different things. Aren’t they the same? A quick study of Strong’s concordance told me that they were not! Ungodly, refers to someone who is morally wrong or morally condemned, while sinners, in this context, means a criminal, or one who is a guilty offender.
With either of those kinds of people, we are not to walk with them, stand with them or sit with them. What does that mean? It means we shouldn’t “commune” with them, or give them a great deal of our time. Of course, we’re going to run into these kinds of people, especially in this day and age. If you’re like me, you even have some in your own family.
It’s hard, sometimes, to keep ourselves from getting caught up in it, which is why David goes on to say we should take our delight in the Lord, and meditate on His law day and night. What’s interesting to me is that the word “meditate” here, doesn’t mean simply to think about it. It’s also translated to mean mutter or talk. I’ve found that with a lot of words in the Bible that normally equate to a mental action. They can usually be translated, in the Hebrew language, to also mean something that equals speaking, to some degree.
Moving on to verse three, we find that by doing these things, we will be rooted, established and grounded, bringing forth good fruit. On the contrary, he says, it’s not like that for the ungodly. They will be known for how quickly they are driven away with just a burst of wind.
Did you ever notice how quickly an unsaved person will excuse themselves from Godly conversation, or balk at going into the house of God? That’s because the Spirit, portrayed in places as a rushing, mighty wind, is there! It’s hard for them to stand in the presence of an Almighty God when they, themselves, are not in line with his word. It’s important to continue praying for people like this, even though it is our very human nature to want to become discouraged. Remember, we aren’t dealing with the person, we’re dealing with powers and principalities:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
This is part one of a series. If you missed the introduction, here it is: Introduction to a Psalms Devotional
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