1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.
3He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3, ESV)
This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. There is a reason this is Psalm 1. It focuses us where we need to focus. We should focus on the law of the Lord and where the Lord is leading us and when we do we are like a tree planted by streams of water and are constantly fed and given what we need to grow.
But it is verse one I truly love. It is where Casting Crowns gets their song slow fade from. You see it says, blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked. He is walking with those who are wicked and getting counsel from them on how to live his life. Or stands in the way of sinners, not that he is standing in the way so they can’t commit sin, he is standing the way sinners stand, he has gone from walking with the wicked to standing around with the sinners. Nor does he sit in the seat of scoffers, not sitting in their way so they can’t scoff, but scoffing along with them. See the progression, and it doesn’t happen overnight, it is slow and happens over time, but it is a fading away from where the righteous man is fed and nourished by God.
So delight in the law of the Lord and follow after him so you will be nourished!