King James Version
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
In this chapter, the psalmist contrasts the life of a righteous person to the one who lives a life without faith. Happy is the man who has God’s Word to turn to in every situation. Only trouble can come out of seeking guidance elsewhere.
Clearly, we are not to take counsel from ungodly people. Why? Because they can only give us the world’s answer, not God’s. There is no way those of the world can have the necessary wisdom that comes only from God. They simply do not possess that kind of understanding. In these verses we find wise words that will keep our walk safe, straight and on track.
In the same manner we will be wise to guard with whom we spend our time. We are continually warned in Scripture that to keep company with the sinners, can only lead us to their same sinful lifestyle: 1 Corinthians 15: 33; 1 Corinthians 5:6. Bad company corrupts good character. Sin must be purged or it will continually corrupt.
In this chapter, we are not only given the admonition to keep ourselves from ungodly people, but we are told how we are able to do that. We should delight in His law – God’s Word. And meditate on it day and night.
There we find our security, blessings and hope.
Joshua 1: 8