The Company of the Faithful

“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.
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.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
(Psalm 1)

 If one spends any time in reading, reflecting and meditating on God’s Word (which we all should be doing more of …) it becomes very apparent from the beginning of mankind’s history on this earth that choices are both available and important.

As a matter of fact, the choices we make daily have significant bearing on how things will go for us on the Day of Judgment!.  Jesus described the expectations and endings for the way we choose … the manner of life we live … and the company we keep in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and way is easy that leads to destruction,   and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Each of us is on a journey and we do come to the fork in the road where we must decide who we will listen to and follow … and who we will disregard and ignore!  We can’t have it both ways (Matthew 6:24).

Time does not belong to any of us!  We can’t make the rules, change the boundaries, and assume that God will be pleased!  The “blessed” person of Psalm 1 has made his/her choice and is resolved to be loyal to the only right choice … the company of the faithful!

“O Lord, You are my God.  I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”  (Isaiah 25:1).

Bill Fairchild, Jr.

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