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Time to Take a Breather - Psalm 1:1a
by Deborah Porter 
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“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…”
(Psalm 1:1a NIV)

I doubt that we’d ever meet anyone who didn’t want to be blessed. When we realize that the word literally means to be happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable, it would be a very strange person who said, “Don’t bless me! I don’t want it!”

We may never say it, but I wonder how often our actions send that message?

Here we are right at the start of the Book of Psalms and straight away we’re shown the things to avoid if we want to have a life that has the blessing of God on it.

First cab off the rank is that we shouldn’t “walk in the counsel of the wicked”.

The King James Version uses the term, “ungodly”, and that basically says it all. Yet how often do Christians look to ungodly people for advice? Worse still, how often do they follow it and then find their lives worse off than when they began? The answer, unfortunately, is far too often.

God’s desire is that if we must seek counsel from man, that we go to men and women who are mature in their faith and living in a way that’s surrendered to Jesus Christ

But the real desire of His heart is that we might turn to Him direct. After all, every Christian believer has within them the Holy Spirit, who is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate and Strengthener.

With Someone like that available to us 24 hours a day, why on earth would we ever turn anywhere else?

Something to Think About:

Are there times that you seek “ungodly counsel” for help with your problems? It may be with a friend you meet in the supermarket, or a workmate at the coffee machine, or perhaps even just through Self-Help Books. Before jumping to apply their “wisdom” to your life, take time to weigh it against the pure wisdom found in God’s Word.

"Father God, thank You so much that in You I have the perfect Counsellor. Thank You for brothers and sisters in Christ who are able to speak Your wisdom when I’m not hearing your gentle whispers for myself. Forgive me for those times that I’ve turned to everyone else for counsel instead of to You, and Lord, help me to always make You my first source of direction, wisdom, guidance and comfort."

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samuel saalwaechter  18 May 2006
I too liked this one. I also incourage people to read through the whole Bible, to keep them from getting tunnel vision as they search for answers in God's word. I like Psalms a whol lot. also see Jeremiah 19:5-8
samuel saalwaechter  18 May 2006
I like plalms 1 a whole lot
B Brenton 16 Sep 2005
Words of wisdom straight from the Bible. Simple but refreshing. Thanks!
Mitzi Busby 08 Jun 2005
This is another great message. Thanks for sharing it with us. Blessings.
Evelyn Silas 09 Jun 2004
Thanks again Debbie for being an obedient vessel, I was truly blessed and I so needed to be reminded to lean on God in everything, God has equipped us with everything we need. Thank you again
Wendy M. Reynolds 01 Jun 2004
Thank you for a wonderful reminder and great article. Wendy
Lynne Fickett 07 Oct 2003
Hi, Debbie! Just read your devotional article and loved it-- You have a gift for sharing the Word in a very down-to-earth way that is very appealing. Have you considered writing a devotional booklet and publishing it? May God's blessing be poured out on you and your giftings to the Body of Christ.
Robin Ivins 03 Aug 2003
Isn't incredibly wonderful, how the Holy Spirit can use one part of His word to bring to mind another? As I read this devotional, my mind went to another verse that "meshes" with this. Proverbs 3:5-6. We are reminded of Who to trust and Who to "lean" on. He is the ultimate counselor. Love, Robin
John Okulski 30 Jul 2003
I agree with your essential message. If one takes the message to extremes,though, and assumes that people who either aren't Christians or aren't mature in their faith cannot offer good advice, then that view is mistaken. If wisdom only lay in the minds of the 0.1% of the world's population that are mature Christians, this world would truly intolerable.
Dennis Van Scoy 25 Jul 2003
God-centered advice straight from the Holy Spirit...Thanks, Deb...I needed to hear that message, and will take it to heart. Denny Van Scoy
Valette Adams 22 Jul 2003
Timely message..we are now studying Psalm 1 in our Bible study class.
Kelli Beaucage  10 Jul 2003
Very inspiring, Deb - thank you for giving us something to really think about . . . and really pray about!
Kevin Cook 08 Jul 2003
Very well written, taken straight from the Word, and well put!
Brenda Johnson 05 Jul 2003
This is good stuff - very on point - I have given so many advise to see a counsellor to deal with serious issues and have left out the adjective Christian before counsellor.
26 Jun 2003
Very good points made in this article. Thank You.
Carrie Waterbury 23 Jun 2003
Deb ~ What a wonderful devotion. I had never thought of this before, nor had I ever read that verse (at least in my memory). You truly have a gift!!! Carrie
Phyllis D. Jolliff 18 Jun 2003
This is a well written reminder of something all Christians need to put into practice. Thanks for sharing God's heart!
Donna J. Shepherd 18 Jun 2003
Some of the phrasing was different for me, but this is good! Thanks for sharing. - Donna J.
Debbie Medina 16 Jun 2003
I was just discussing this very issue with my husband recently, remembering reading it with our pastor years ago during a sermon. The message stood out. I learned years ago to seek the Lord first before going to others, only to find that once you go to Him first, you don't need to go to others. It also applies when we go to physicians. We need to weigh out their advice and seek God's first before taking the next step.
Melody Laila 11 Jun 2003
Heya Deb! Wanted to read your articles & I must say that far from not meeting my expectations, you surpassed them :) This was the first Psalm that I learned by heart, though I must say after reading what you wrote, I still have to learn to LIVE by it. Thank you & God bless!
Judy Fulton 03 Dec 2001
I want to make that last paragraph part of my daily prayers! This was more awesome than ever! A point many believers don't even think about when searching for guidance.
Tom Phelps 02 Dec 2001
A message that we all need to hear! Excellent!


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