I don't know about you but I am always intrigued by the words authors choose to use in their writings. Some like to use big, impressive words that, if I I am being honest, make me feel dumb. One of my moms pet peeves is when someone uses the word "utilized" when the word "used" would have done the job just fine. (And she is one of the smartest people I know)
But I know that the words used by the authors God chose to pen His Word, are always significant and inspired by God Himself and sometimes there is a whole lot of meaning jam packed into a single word.
Today I want to dissect these 6 words from Psalm 1:1:
Walk. Wicked. Stand. Sinners. Sit. Scoffers
When we walk with the wicked I believe we are FULLY AWARE that we are actively participating in debauchery. I don't care who you are, EVERYONE knows that stealing is wrong, it's just that some people don't care who gets hurt by their behavior. They only care about what they want, and they will do anything to get.
When we stand with a sinner I see it as witnessing to the behavior of the sinner, (in other words, their sin) as being right. When we "stand with someone" we are on their side. We are defending their behavior. We are supporting their stance by standing with them. Think of the song "Stand by me". What is the author asking of their friend? They are asking for them to support them.
When we sit with a scoffer I imagine that we are conversing in a way that is gossip. We are tearing down rather than building up. I remember a message from one of our pastors that demonstrated that all of our words did one of two things: build up or tear down. Our words are either advancing the Kingdom of God or they are furthering the schemes of satan.
My prayer for all of us is that we can start to recognize when we are walking with the wicked, standing with sinners and sitting with scoffers. I pray that we choose instead to mediate on God's Word for strength, guidance, maturity, refeshing and perseverance. So we can be productive and prosperous. In Jesus Name, Amen & Amen.