Thought For the Month- August 2017
PSALM 1 - SITTING
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
The first verse of Psalm 1 has presented to me each time I read it, a very direct challenge, which led me to consider Scripture references to the issue of “Sitting”. In Genesis 19 v1 we are told Lot “sat in the gate of Sodom”. His association in the murky politics of Sodom did not earn him the prestige he desired nor did it develop spiritual prosperity, thus presenting a warning in our day where similar conditions to those in Sodom now prevail.
In 2 Samuel 7 v18 David “sat before the Lord”. David is reflecting and appreciating what he had been and what he now was, by God’s gracious dealings with him. Surely, we can emulate David in this precious aspect.
Elijah exhausted by service for God and the threats of Jezebel, “he sat down under a juniper tree” 1 Kings 19 v4. This led to frustration and a desire to throw in the towel and call it a day, not a good idea.
What can we say about Job, in ch 2 v8, he lost family, friends, flocks and fame and was forced to “sit down among the ashes”, what humiliation! But what ultimate recompense.
Solomon’s bride was content to “sit under his shadow” Song of Solomon 2 v3, where she enjoyed his protection and provision, what a blessing. Let’s turn to the N.T. where there are many delightful references to sitting, however we can think about “standing”, also mentioned in Psalm 1, the unnamed woman in Luke 7 v38 (perhaps Mary Magdalene see ch 8 v2) came carrying a box of fragrant ointment, prepared to express her appreciation for what had been done for her. There was no embarrassment as the tears flowed, what an example of true worship.
What can we learn from Mary of Bethany, where we are told in both John ch 10 and 11 she was sitting? In ch 10 she is sitting and silent but listening and learning. In ch 11 she arose quickly in response to the call of the Master v28. In ch 12 by inference she rises to take the pound weight of ointment of spikenard very costly with which to anoint the feet of the Saviour, what was the result “the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment”.