October 21, 2011
“How well God must like you – you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.” Psalm 1:1 (The Message Bible)
I love the way the Rev. Peterson translated this Psalm verse. The New International version reads like this: “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.”
When I read, I visualize the concept. Sin Saloon reminds me of an old country western movie in which everyone ends up in a brawl tossing chairs and slamming fists into faces. Dead-End Road is a street I visit every now and then when I have no purpose in my day. When I see a bunch of young teenagers hanging around the mall, I think how I’d like to send a few of them on to Smart-Mouth College.
When we translate words into action, we may help divert someone headed for a binge in Sin Saloon, steer a friend from taking a wrong turn down Dead-End Road, and learn to keep the mouth shut by attending Smart-Mouth College.
Dear Lord, help me meditate on your words for direction in my life. Amen.