Verse of the Day: October 28th — Psalm 1:1
“Blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way of sinners,
nor sit in company with scoffers.”
Psalm 1 serves as a gateway to all the rest of the psalms. In utter simplicity, it lays out the paths open to every person. As you reflect on today’s Verse of the Day, think about its primary message: ‘Blessed are you if … you do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the company of scoffers. To God, the company we keep is important because ‘bad company corrupts good character.’ In the end, the decisions we make are ours as God has given mankind free-will. But we can limit the trouble we find ourselves in by remaining mindful of who we are spending time with and who we trust. Ultimately, it comes down to having a choice of which path we want to be on: the one according to God’s Word, or the one that leads to evil … in which one will eventually and inevitably suffer its consequences.
Today, you may be tempted in various ways. But remember, stronger is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 Jn 4:4). You are stronger than any temptation, impulse or inclination. Always walk in the way — and with the people — of light and truth and you will always be blessed.
“Lord Jesus, thank You for guiding us in the way in which we should go. Thank You for giving us the power to resist temptation and the wisdom to recognize good versus evil. Today we implore You to give us the strength and courage needed to walk away from any person who is not good for our lives; from any circumstance that will lead us farther from You. Our deepest desire is to walk in the ways of Your Word and will. So then, Lord, please give us the discernment and obedience necessary for every situation that lies ahead. Our soul listens intently for Your counsel and direction.
It is in Your good and holy Name we humbly pray, Amen.”