Walking, Standing and Sitting
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.”
Psalm 1:1 (NIVUK)
The above passage from the Psalms must be one of the more well-known sections of the Bible. It has been used often in sermons, and has been set various times to music.
The new NIV translation makes it more gender-friendly by referring to “the one” as opposed to the more traditional phrase “the man”, but have you ever noticed how all-encompassing the thought is that is embedded in this one verse?
It takes in all of life: walking, standing and sitting. What are the implications?
Today we use the term “lifestyle”, in reference not only to our moral choices but also to how we approach life in general. Here we’re told that the believer’s lifestyle does not involve walking in step with the those who reject the instructions of the Lord. Rather, as Paul said, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
The Psalmist’s progression of thought then takes us to “standing”. Do we stand up and be counted on the Lord’s side, or do others see us as supporting the views of those who discount what God says? 1 Corinthians 16:13 tells us to “stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”.
“Sitting” takes in our leisure activities. With what and with whom do we associate in our spare time? In Jesus we sit at the throne of God (see Ephesians 2:6): how does this affect our attitude when on holiday and when we relax?
Let’s “walk, stand and sit” in the Lord.
Eternal father, help me through your Spirit to devote all aspects of my life to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In his name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is speaking at a combined meeting of our Dutch church (www.gracecommunion.nl).
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