Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1 NIV).
The counsel of the wicked:
The world is full with such counsel. You will get it without asking for it. The wicked go to great lengths to plan evil. Then they go about planting their thoughts in people’s minds. Then they persuade others to take their course of action. They try to make their plans seem righteous and good in the eyes of those to whom they give counsel. But blessed is the man who does not walk in their counsel.
The way of sinners:
This way is filled with pleasure. But it never satisfies. It always burns with a taste for more. This way delights with a variety of pleasing fruits by the wayside. But the man who plucks them is wounded by the hidden thorns. Though hurt often the way of sinners keep enticing with its subtle charms. But it always harms. This way leads you through momentary pleasures to lasting pain. Those who stand in this way are inviting great trouble. But blessed is the man who avoids standing in their way.
The seat of mockers:
It is amazing to note how much mockery there exists in this world. People are mocked for different reasons. Sometimes they are mocked for their physical appearance, or for their being poor, or having not succeeded in their efforts at something. Mocking others is a leisurely activity for many as this is how they spend their time. And many approve and enjoy this sinful act. But blessed is the man who avoids the mocker’s seat.