Psalm 1:1–3 reveals two principles to guide you as you pursue success in your career.
These principles are completely trustworthy. They come from an impeccable source, God’s Word, and they have been tested over the centuries and proven to be reliable. The passage reads:
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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
These verses are telling you to do the following:
One: Avoid ungodly influences.
Psalm 1 begins by warning you to not “walk…stand…or sit” with “the wicked…sinners…[or] mockers.” The people you spend your time with will influence your destiny.
“Man” used here means human being, or person, and refers to both male and female.
You can’t always choose your coworkers, but you can choose who you seek out and befriend in the workplace. Associate with productive and positive people. Choose friends of good character—avoid the unscrupulous and the ungodly.
First Corinthians 15:33 is speaking to believers when it says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character,’” and Proverbs 12:26, “A righteous man is cautious in friendship.”
Be a Christian witness to all, but be selective when choosing your close associates and organizational affiliations.
Two: Stay close to God’s Word.
The surest way to be successful in life is to stay close to God’s Word—speak it internally in your heart, and use it as a guide for your everyday choices. “Delight in the law of the Lord” and meditate on it day and night.
Culture-driven definitions of what is good, right, and valuable come and go, but Isaiah 40:8 declares, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
We will all be tempted with unethical shortcuts and worldly compromises, but doing things God’s way will always bring the best results. Obedience to God is never a mistake.
Whatever he does prospers.
Finally, the reward for the person who avoids ungodly influences and stays close to God’s Word is revealed at the end of the passage in Psalm 1:3: “Whatever he does prospers.” To prosper used here means to advance, to move forward, and to become successful.
Remember Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”