Sitting Standing Walking

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
[Psalm 1:1-2 ESV]

The first Psalm opens with a caution to not walk or stand or sit with sinners. But why this emphasis on sitting, standing and walking?

Sitting

What is the best position to talk to someone – whilst you are walking or standing or sitting? Whilst we can talk in any of these positions most people would probably agree that sitting down for a chat is best. We can let ourselves talk heart to heart – we can open up and expose our deep seated feelings. In the Bible sitting has relation to what is in the core of our being, thus what we love, what our life truly is, the state of our goodness. And whilst we are sitting we are at rest and remaining in our inner state, whatever it may be.

Standing

We can quickly grasp what standing is all about, after all we stand up for what we believe in. Think of Gabriel who the Bible says stands in the presence of God – Gabriel is an angel messenger of Divine Truth. We can stand upright – perhaps too upright and not prepared to bend a little! We can stand as it were facing in the Lord’s direction or we can turn our back on him! We can also stand up for false ideas. Standing is about the nature of our understanding of truth or our wisdom.

Walking

Walking is all about the way we live. Do we walk blamelessly? Do we walk with the Lord?Walking is so clearly about how we actually put our love and wisdom into practical effect in the way we live.

Turn back to the opening words of Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

This very first Psalm emphasises what our Walking, Standing, Sitting should not be!

We should instead seek to:

  • Sit and remain in a state of love and goodness freely given by the Lord and not in a state of our own selfishness.
  • Stand up and be guided by the Lord’s truth as revealed in his Word and not by our inverted sense of what is good and true.
  • Walk the life of love in action to meet others needs and not the life of serving only our ambitions.