“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:1-2).
The man of God is “blessed” by the company he keeps. He is truly happy by the types of people he surrounds himself with and is impacted by. There are 3 groups of people the man of God does not keep company with.
- He does not walk “in the counsel of the ungodly.” The man of God does not participate in the planning or orchestration of wickedness.
- He does not stand “in the path of sinners.” This is more deliberate than walking in evil counsel. Standing refers to taking part in their actions and following along the same moral paths.
- He does not sit “in the seat of the scornful.” Sitting refers to placing yourself under something or someone as supreme to you. The idea is one of taking up residence with those who scorn, or more appropriately “to those who mock goodness.”
Each group shows digression in character. Each verb builds upon one another – a man walks, then stands, then sits.
People impact you. You are like the people you associate with. The company he keeps changes him and molds him.
God has provided a much better companion than those who love and practice evil: His Word. The Word is his delight. The godly will do everything he can to bend himself toward the Word. Nothing will get in his way. The Word of God is his rule of life and not ungodly men and their evil ways.
David will say elsewhere, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8).
Elsewhere we read, “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments” (Ps 112:1).
Or “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it” (Ps 119:35).
The way He keeps the Word close is my meditation. The word “meditate” means “to murmur, to mutter, to ponder.”
In the day this was written, it is important to keep in mind that no one had personal copies of Scripture. They were dependent on hearing it read and, therefore, they memorized the Scripture so they could meditate upon it. They couldn’t pull the Bible off the shelf, read a few chapters and then meditate upon it.
Meditation is the key to delighting in the Word of God. The point: if you love the Word, you will always be in it. The Word of God is the weapon the godly man possesses to keep from evil company.
The man of God is known by the company he keeps – not with the ungodly but the Word of God. Meditation in the Word of God will keep you from sin; or sin will keep you from meditation in the Word of God. A man of God is known by the company he keeps.