Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. (Psalms 1:1-2 NLT)
The writer begins this psalm extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us, often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God’s will. This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you to draw closer to God, not hinder your relationship with him.
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.
Only two paths of life lie before us—God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.
You can learn how to follow God by meditating on his Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you will live as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Knowing what to do is important in everything we do. Why do we go to school? If one does not know how, then you learn. Us older guys had to teach ourselves how to use computers. Was not easy.
A good habit is to hang out with motivated, successful people. It rubs off. There is an old saying. Mix with the barley then the pigs will eat you. We have choices make the right ones, even if it comes to friends.
Read the Word and spend time on it daily.
Knowing is changing.
“Lord, I pray for wisdom and energy to learn. Amen.”