Psalm 1:1b “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked”
[This is a call to discern and reject wrong: will I agree with God, or will I make human understanding the measure of right and wrong?
Praise you, Lord, that you give discernment, based on your Word and the direction of the Spirit, to see and avoid the advice of the wicked—and I find that the majority of the wicked advice I encounter arises from my own heart!
I praise you, Lord God, in contrast to the dark path of the wicked, that you are light itself, continually shining wisdom and understanding into our lives. “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever more brightly til the full light of day” (Pro. 4:18).
If we stay in your light, we can discern and avoid the traps of wickedness. Blessed are those who have learned to walk in the light of your presence. The more we avoid the counsel of the wicked, the more we can walk in your light, in your love and into your blessings.
I praise you for the joy of being able to avoid the wiles of the devil, to recognize when he puts out the bait for me, to reject it, grasping clearly that the devil’s way only leads to misery, fear, oppression, failure and death.
But you, O Lord, in your true wisdom, offer us just the opposite: joy, security, freedom, success and eternal life! Praise be to you. Help me to walk in the light of your Word all through today.