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;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
Why couldn’t day 2 be a little easier? Couldn’t I have a nice little “don’t be mean to anyone” verse? Again, I have to turn to my hippy loving, “in the white room with black curtains” Cream music version of the Bible–aka The Message…it really is great:
How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.
I mean, seriously, who is going to take “sin saloon” and “Smart-Mouth College” as the word of God? Doesn’t it feel just a little too casual?
But what this is really saying is that we shouldn’t hang out with people who pull us down. You know those people–the one’s who never have anything nice to say? The ones who think that some rules don’t apply to them? The ones who are a little to fast to find fault. The ones like you, oh and I guess, me.
Those of us who fall a little short of the mark–all of us really.
There’s a reason I didn’t give up complaining for Lent–I just wouldn’t be able to open my mouth some days. Like 46 of them. I try to justify it by saying I’m a “fixer” and like “opportunities to improve things.” My husband just says I complain.
God is giving us guidance (or I guess, since this is Psalm, it’s David) on who we should hang out with and who we should try to be. We need to surround ourselves with people who delight in the Lord so that we may yield fruit.
And WE need to be like the ones who bear fruit–deciding to delight on His word, rather than complaining and picking the easy way out.
One of the lessons I’m working on for the JUMC retreat is the idea that we reap what we sow. No one ever planted an apple seed and grew a banana tree. What fruit is on your vine? How are your leaves?