Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,…
The second negative requirement to be blessed is to not stand in the way of sinners.
Here, “standeth” (to stand) means “to stand” but can also be translated as “abide, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, remain”.
“In the way” means “a road (as trodden)”, or figuratively “a course of life or mode of action”. From Webster’s a “mode” is “a manner of existing or being”.
“Of Sinners” means “criminal, one accounted guilty”.
This part of Psalm 1 reminds me of John 3:16-21 and John 16:7-11.
John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 16:7-11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I find it interesting how directly relevant this part of Psalm 1 is to the born again believer. What do I mean?
Nor standeth (does not abide, continue, dwell, accepts employment, endures, establish, remain) in the way (on the path, in the course of life or mode of action [way of behaviour]) of sinners (criminals, those accounted as guilty before Almighty GOD).
We are all born into a fallen world ruled by the god of this world to whom the first Adam gave his authority over the world to. The LORD Jesus Christ came and paid the price to take that authority back so that we could once again participate in His Kingdom and His Righteousness. Once we are born again, we are spiritually born into the Kingdom Of Almighty GOD and are given the authority and power of the Name of our LORD Jesus Christ to bring His Kingdom to bear in this world in submission to Him as His representatives on this earth. This is our responsibility as born again children of the Most High GOD, the KING of all existence.
Since we are now born again, we are to no longer dwell in our former sinful ways, we are to no longer allow the world to force us into obedience to or into agreement with its evil and that of its god (its very temporary ruler). We are to no longer permit the world to teach us its ways as though they are good, and right, and just, and true. We are to no longer submit ourselves to our former sinful ways; the ways of those who have not (or not yet) believed upon the Name of The LORD Jesus Christ, but are submitted to the king who temporarily controls the world instead of The KING Who owns the world. We are to no longer live as though we are still judged guilty with the prince of this world, but to live according to The Kingdom Of GOD and His Righteousness. We are to now live according to The Law of the Spirit Of Life in Christ Jesus instead of the Law of Sin and Death; empowered by the Grace of Almighty GOD and the indwelling of Holy Spirit to live our lives according to His Righteous Laws, Commands, Judgments, and Torah (Teachings).
Please, prayerfully consider what has been written herein and see what the LORD our GOD reveals to you by His Holy Spirit concerning The Way He would have you live.
Holy Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769. Bold emphasis is added.
Definitions from Hebrew to English are from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
English definitions are from Noah Webster’s Dictionary of American English, 1828.