Whose Beat Do You Walk To?
“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, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
Parades are great to watch, aren’t they?
Watching the bands and military units stepping in straight lines, with everybody’s feet moving in unison – left, right, left. It gives the impression that everybody in the group is of one mind or as if they are all one body. In a similar way, the same can be said for the company that we keep. We can be perceived as being the “same” as those who we spend time with, especially if we say and do the same things as the others in the group.
Now this does not mean that we do not associate with “tax collectors” and “sinners. After all, Jesus was often questioned concerning the company that he kept. (Mark 2:16-17, Matthew 11:18-19). Just ask Matthew, Zacchaeus, or Mary among others. The difference is that Jesus did not lie, cheat, steal or sin in anyway. Instead, he ministered to those who did.
Today’s psalm (btw – a psalm is a hymn or poetic song) tells us that we should use good judgment concerning the life we live even more than the company that we keep. God came for all of us sinners, regardless of our sins. He does not want us to sin. He wants us to live the life we were made for. He wants us to be like a tree that is well grounded (in His law), which yields its fruit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in season.
We can do this if, instead of walking in step with the wicked and continuing in our sins, we put our focus and trust in Jesus, that we might keep in step with His Spirit (Galatians 5:25).