1Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1, NRSV)
This is the first of 150+ psalms. It is a wonderful way to start the walk through the songs of the Bible.
The version I memorized is Blessed are they who do not walk in the way of the wicked or stand with the sinners or sit with the scoffers.
Do you see the progression? We are walking, then standing, then sitting, a life away from God is not something we just turn to, it is something that slowly happens over time. We need to guard our hearts and follow the way of Christ.
Know that God is always with us, to give us the strength we need to make it through.
This is the way!