The Great Shepherd
“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.” Psalm 1:1-2 “his delight is in the law of the Lord…” He’s not speaking here of the Levitical law. The word “law” here is the Hebrew word “torah,” which is “teaching.” His delight is in the teaching of the Scriptures. This is a call to be separate from the world, because the teachings of the Scriptures is opposite from the teachings, or principles of "the world." It’s a call specifically to NOT walk in the counsel of the ungodly because the Scriptures tell us that the philosophies of the world, the "counsel of the ungodly," are “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 3:19). Therefore, if you are going for counsel to an “expert” in the world, then you are asking for foolishness. What the expert or counselor says may sound good, but in the end you’ll see that it was foolishness. These experts and counselors have no use for the Word of God, in fact they scoff at it. These are the paths of the ungodly, and the counsel of the scornful. None of them will give you the truth because they don’t KNOW the truth, they’re rooted, they’re steeped, in the philosophies, the counsels, of the world. So then, how can one be guided into what’s right? God is the SOURCE of wisdom and of truth. Jesus said, “I AM The Way, the TRUTH, and the Life…” (John 14:6). If you truly want to be guided by truth, then turn to the Word of God. Bring your trouble to the Lord and ask him to guide you by his Word, and he will. But you have to know his Word. “The entirety of your Word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever.” Psalm 119:160 When you make the Word of God the foundation of your life, you will become like a tree planted by the water. You will not wither because your roots will go deep, and you will find success in what you do because your foundation is solid. Your help comes then, from the Lord himself. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3 Turn therefore, turn away from the world and the philosophies thereof. Put your trust in the Lord. He knows the end from the beginning, he knows your past and your future, he alone knows your mind and he alone knows the depths of your heart. It is he who fashioned you, it is he who authored your very DNA, it is he who has a specific plan for your life, and it must be he who walks with you, the great Shepherd guiding his sheep in the way they should go.