Psalm 1:1–3 reveals two principles to guide you as you pursue success in life. 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 Psalm 1:1-3 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.” (Emphasis added)
If you want to do well in life these verses are telling you to do the following two things:
Avoid corrupting 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.
When it comes to your career 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. Always take the righteous path.
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.
The surest way to be successful in life is to do what God says by staying true to his Word. Delight in the law of the Lord, meditate on it, and use it as a guide for your everyday choices. God is always for you and never against you.
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.
The reward for the person who avoids corrupting influences and obeys God is revealed at the end of the passage in Psalm 1:3 which says: “Whatever he does prospers.”
“Prosper” used here means to advance, to move forward, and to become successful. God’s reward is sure to come—sometime, somewhere, and somehow. He promises this and your reward is guaranteed.
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.’”