Psalm 1:1 – What’s the name of that college?

Psalm 1:1 (The Message). “How well God must like you — you don’t hangout at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart Mouth College.”

When I read verse 1 of Chapter 1, I have a couple of reactions to it…….

Is the writer saying, “Congratulations, you are doing what God wants, way to go!”

Or is he saying, “Well, let’s throw a little snark your way because you are doing all of these things, aren’t you special? Or would that require the writer to have attended “smart mouthed college?”  

I tend to think that it’s the first one. God wants us to avoid those things. He wants us to live a life of gratitude. Gratitude for what He has done for us. Not because we have to in order to be saved but because we want to as a way to show thanks for all He has done for us.  

So, ask yourself. In the life you live and the place you live and where you work, how hard is it to stay away from Sin Saloon, Dead End Road and Smart Mouth College?

Now put yourself in Washington DC and working for the government – either as a high ranking elected official or as a lower level staffer or as someone with aspirations to move from staffer to staff. How hard would it be to stay away from Sin Saloon and Smart Mouth College there?

“Dear Heavenly Father, It’s hard, we know it’s hard, but help us to have the strength to avoid Sin Saloon and Smart Mouth College. Be with the people in Washington who are so tempted by those things and the power that comes from living there. Help them to live the way You want them to and to give you glory rather than hanging out in bad places and doing bad things. In your Son’s name, Amen”