Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
This chapter makes an amazing claim. It promises a secret to success in every area of life – career, finances, marriage, parenting, every relationship, every venture. Whatever he does prospers (verse 3). Pretty big promise! All that if we will simply not do three things (verse 1) but instead do two things (verse 2).
It is not that delighting or meditating on God’s Word is some magical formula or charm that produces these blessings, rather the blessing comes because we are:
1. not taking our counsel from the ungodly.
2. not taking the same stand (approach to life) that sinners take. We do not follow their patterns or path toward success.
3. not finding our rest or peace (sitting) in the same diversions and amusements where the world goes to seek contentment.
Rather, as we immerse ourselves (delight in and meditate day and night) in that Word we begin to see the world – opportunities that come our way, decisions we must make, relationships, etc – from God’s perspective-walking in His counsel, taking the same stands (for and against) that He takes and finding our rest and peace in Him and His plan. Saturating our mind with God’s thoughts causes us to begin to think and consequently act more like Him That then leads to success in every area, flourishing while those around us are floundering, rest amidst strife.
He who walks with the wise (metaphorically what we do as we “walk” with God in His Word) grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.