We are living in what is considered to be the golden age of communication as it relates to social media. Technology has now become the staple of the human communication effort. Daily, we are bombarded with messages through the internet, television, and over the radio airwaves. Much of how many communicate in this day and time is through some form of technology which has deeply embedded itself within our world’s culture.
However, even with such a massive concentration on communication, we must take a step back and ask ourselves ‘What and who are we listening to?’ The media is now available to everyone within a 24-hour time span. If you want to discuss any topic or get the latest news about a matter you are now able to view and listen to just about any news source. It is because of such a concentration within the media that many have taken what is said as absolute truth. As a result, the lies that are reported and pushed onto the masses have caused many both Christian and non-Christian to be led astray.
In the book of Psalms chapter 1, the Psalmist David explains the difference between those who are followers of God and those who are living in their sinfulness. This chapter is quite short in length only containing 6 verses. However, the words that David gives to each reader are words that accurately classify a person who rejects God and a person who embraces God. He starts off by saying the following in verse 1:
(NLV) “Happy is the man who does not walk in the way sinful men tell him to or stand in the path of sinners, or sit with those who laugh at the truth.”
The key part of this verse is the first half which says, “Happy is the man who does not walk in the way sinful men tell him to.” Why does David use the word ‘happy’ in this verse? This particular translation which is the New Life Version uses the word ‘happy’ which can also be translated into the word ‘blessed.’ In fact, the King James Version of the Bible starts with the words, “Blessed is the man.” So, what David is saying is that anyone who decides not to walk in the way of those who are in sin is a blessed person.
This means that one can only benefit from going in the opposite direction of someone who is walking in sinfulness because those who are in Christ are no longer spiritually blind. In the world we live in today, the media blitz (e.g. Television, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers) and even the social media blitz are being used as tools not necessarily to inform but to distract and ultimately destroy. Satan has cunningly used various means to ensnare many individuals by promoting his lies which are disguised as absolute truth.
There has been, of course, the massive media campaign that incorporates the phrase, ‘Follow us on Twitter’ which many have now taken and used to garner a mass following. However, what satan has constructed is a society that has become built on following others rather than following after God Almighty. This is not to suggest that the use of Twitter or any other social media website is inherently sinful. However, the fact is that many have misplaced their priorities and have become duped into following after other humans who are living in sin.
What David is saying is that the person “who does not walk in the way sinful men tell him to” is happy or blessed. It is when we begin to follow the trends and the words of what our global society has set up that we are in error. The only way to avoid the traps and devices that satan has put into place is to follow after God through the Lord Jesus Christ. There are a whole host of sinful behaviors and lifestyles that have become acceptable because many are listening to what has been said.
David concludes in verse 1 by suggesting that not only should we not follow the words of those who are sinful but we should not partake in communion or fellowship with those who reject the truth. To do so puts you in a dangerous place. For anyone who wants to avoid destruction, there must be an abstinence from sinful company which means those who are living in darkness. The psalmist David continues in verses 2-3:
(NLV) “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
The person who is ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’ is the same person who delights him/herself in the Word of God and he/she finds the time (day and night) to concentrate and meditate on His Word. Essentially what this means is, anyone who is truly in Christ will ensure that God’s Word is their basis for truth. Much of the world relies on the truth of what others have said, but it is God’s Word that is the absolute truth. It goes beyond what laws have been passed, what your President or politician has deemed moral. It even goes above and beyond what your friends and family may accept as their own truth.
David makes it clear that we who want to be godly and have a relationship with Him must rely on God’s Word for the truth. As loud as many of the voices around us may be and as abundant as such means for communication may seem, the fact is that God’s Word will supersede the word of every human being. Listening to the poison that the media puts forth on a daily basis is a sure way to be beguiled or deceived. However, God’s Word will always stand as the truth that cannot be changed.
In verses 2-3 of this passage, David suggests to us that those who find their delight and concentration in the Word of God will be established in a place of abundance and fruitfulness. Only those who have chosen to listen to the poison and misleading words of the world will find themselves in a place of lack and confusion.
(NLV) “Sinful men are not like this. They are like straw blown away by the wind. So the sinful will not stand. They will be told they are guilty and have to suffer for it. Sinners will not stand with those who are right with God. For the Lord knows the way of those who are right with Him. But the way of the sinful will be lost from God forever.”
This scripture says that sinful individuals do not have the same outcome as those who are seeking God and meditating upon His Word. Essentially, David says that the sinful will experience utter destruction or in His words, “the sinful will be lost from God forever.” The King James Version of the Bible uses the term, ‘perish.’ However, God wishes that no man or woman perish but that everyone would come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The overall message to all of us is that we must not submit or adhere to this world’s system. It is designed to ensnare and destroy every person who decides to agree with and accept the conditions that are set in place by satan. Instead of listening to or accepting the counsel from those who are living in sin, it would be beneficial to give your life over to God through Christ.
Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord & Savior? Today is a great day to relinquish control and begin by accepting His gift of life. Jesus came to die on the cross so that you could be redeemed and set free. Our world is only growing worse and much of the poison around us has infected the masses. However, the remedy is Jesus Christ. He wants to be in a relationship with you, but the choice is yours. Are you willing to listen to the wisdom and the instructions of God rather than those in the world? Take an opportunity today, and heed the call of God.