Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

Whenever you see the phrase “blessed is the one who,” it is your cue to pay close attention. You are about to learn something vital. In this case, get ready to learn behavior that God approves of – three things to avoid and one to do.

1. Do not take life advice from someone who disregards his creator. Be mindful of what you watch on television, hear on radio and see on the internet. Surround yourself with people who want to live the way God wants them to live – at least who try to live that way. And pick your spiritual advisers carefully.  

2. Do not be counted in the crowd that does things God hates. “Stand in the way that sinners take” does not mean you are blocking the road. It means you are following their life path. If you want to follow God, stay off that path. Example: Let’s say you are married. Do not go to a club alone, buy someone a drink, dance and call that person on the phone. You are standing right on the path sinners take. If you do not get off of it, you will mess up your life and damage your relationship with God.

3. Do not treat others with arrogance and ridicule. People often mock what they do not understand. Even if you do understand, watch the attitude toward others. Knowledge gives no one the right to treat people with scorn. It is tempting to make jokes when you think someone is so wrong, it is funny but stand up and do right. As the old adage goes: “Those who throw dirt on others lose ground themselves.”

Lastly, do get absolutely happy about God’s word and think about it all the time. The “law” is simply a word for the manual containing the instructions on how to live and “delight” speaks of our attitude. It is easy to do if you take a small passage or favorite verse and use it all week. I suggest using Psalm 119. Take it just eight verses at a time, and you’ll learn what goes through someone’s mind when they love God’s word. Follow these four simple steps from the Bible’s First Psalm and build a better relationship with God. You will be glad you did.