One of the first things we all do as we enter the auditorium and prepare for worship is to decide where we will sit. Maybe we choose to sit near the front to hear or see better or sit near the back to train our young children more easily. Maybe we pick a pew with plenty of room for our entire family, or perhaps we sit right in the middle because we always have. Every seat offers a different angle, environment, and perspective of the worship activities.
Spiritually speaking, the Bible warns us to carefully choose where we will sit, not in the auditorium, but in our spiritual lives. In Psalm 1:1, we read, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” Scoffers are foolish and babbling mockers who might ridicule righteousness and holy living, and we are blessed if we choose to avoid sitting among them. We are blessed if we avoid getting comfortable while surrounded by “scoffers.”
The passage continues by describing the alternative of choosing that bad seat, “But his delight in in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). Instead of choosing to walk, stand, and even sit among wicked and sinful men, the righteous will delightfully and intentionally choose to dwell in the word of God. The faithful Christian will choose to sit and to meditate on God’s word day and night.