As a young girl, we would travel to my Meme’s for the day. When visiting after a good rain, the cousins and I would ask (we would usually ask) if we could step in a huge puddle in the driveway. We usually were allowed probably because the adults wanted the kids out of the house. You can probably guess that more happened than “stepping” in the puddle. We would end up muddied from head to toe.
You may not have had the same experience. But I know that I have walked past countless puddles as a mom warning my children to “watch out for that puddle”. Even with the warning, Rylie who obviously has bad eye sight hardly ever misses one. Chances are you have muddied yourself by a few puddles or you’ve been splashed standing too close to someone else who found themselves unable to walk on muddied water.
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.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord…
Whoa you may say! How did that verse get stuck in here. I think it goes perfectly. Notice the verbs that are bolded in the first three lines. 1.walk 2.stand 3.sit Listen to the following scenario and see what I mean.
Let’s say you’re in the cafeteria and you’re walking to dump your tray. You notice some of your classmates huddled and laughing at something hysterically. You stand near the huddle and find that they are reading a note they found where the new girl has written a boy asking him to be her boyfriend. You know he would never go out with her. Before you know it, you’re sitting at the table wondering and discussing why the new girl would think she has a chance with the coolest guy in school. You don’t realize that your teacher is approaching until she snatches the note. Bam! You’ve been caught right in the middle of this mess. Your name is mud.
Too many times, when we’re not careful who we’re hanging out with, we find ourselves doing things like gossiping or behaving in a way we never would have intended. And even if you’re not saying a word, when conversations turn muddy, it’s hard to walk away. This is why it’s important to choose our company wisely. You see I never meant to get as muddy as I got at my meme’s house, but by choosing to even go near the puddle you could be sure I wouldn’t walk away clean. God is telling us in the first Psalm that we would be “blessed” which means encouraged or happy if we do not walk around those who are choosing to act poorly. He knows that if we are anywhere near those kind of people we will usually pull up a chair and get comfy with them. He says at the end that those who do not walk, stand or sit with that kind of company have their delight in the law of the Lord. Choose to delight in God’s word. I remember delighting in the puddle with my cousins, but I remember being wet later on, especially if I hadn’t brought a change of clothes, was kind of miserable. Pray that as you trust God and his word that he will help you find friends who steer clear of life’s puddles.
1.Think of an example of a puddle you have found yourself in (example lying to an adult because your friend wanted you to).
2.Have you ever found yourself inviting someone into a puddle with you? An example of this would be asking a friend if they think the girl in dance class is rude and then sharing with your friend something rude you heard her saying.
3.Which does God warn us not to do:
-walk near those who are doing evil
-stand around them
-sit with them
-all of the above
4.What does God say our delight should be in?