Thursday: 24th October, 2019

Psalms 1:1 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.

Today we are presented with a three-fold piece of advice from the very first Psalm. In what is the very introduction to the entire book, there is a question that arises when one sees the entire advice as one: at what stage are you?

With the three verbs used, three stages are presented: ‘the sitting phase, the standing phase and the walking phase’. In many endeavours, the requirements of each stage differ and we often have to work our way from one to the next.

In sitting, one gathers information. You remain attentive to instruction and to information by asking questions and attempting to synthesise all the knowledge you can acquire. Yet, if one gets complacent at this stage, one can yet remain seated because you could get comfortably satisfied if sat on a good seat. Hence, the need to stand up.

In standing, one reaches a transition point. A decision to take steps or return to sitting. It is at the stage of standing that options are critically considered, cost to benefit ratios analysed and risk assessed. At this stage, plans, ideas and even beliefs are subject to rigorous scrutiny and their suitability for purpose justified. It is only after this, that one can begin walking.

When you are convicted and convinced, and when you have made a firm resolve to stand by a decision, to carry a belief, idea, concept or plan and march forward; then you walk. Even then, some situations will require one to move downwards through the stages every now and again to amend decisions as well as make alternative choices. It is like a cycle.

So my dear, at whichever of the three stages you find yourself: whether you are sitting, standing or already walking, bear in mind that things just don’t end there.


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