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. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1, NIV)
This is a great psalm that tells us it is really all about focus and what we are focused on.
When we delight in the law of the Lord and keep it as the focus of our lives we will be like a tree that is planted by a stream of water. It is living water that refreshes us and feeds us.
And this psalm tells the difference between a person who is focused on the Lord or those who do not see the Lord or head His calling.
But we do not fall away from the Lord in an instance, as this psalm tells us. We start by taking our eyes off of Jesus and looking somewhere else. We focus on something different than what we should.
You see this psalm starts by saying blessed is the man who does not walk in the steps of the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers… He is walking, then standing and them sitting… He is slowly moving his focus from Jesus to that which he thinks will feed him and refresh him, when all it is really doing is taking his life away. The law of the Lord is not meant to hold captive, but to set us free to the abundant life that God has prepared for us!
Do not fade slowly from God, but keep focused on Him who truly sets you free!