“You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust— Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people.”
Psalm 1:4-5 MSG
Okay, I want to take a look at this a minute (or maybe a few minutes). What’s God saying in this section?
• He is say that you are not liked the wicked. And then he gives some very grim explanations of what is going to happen to the wicked.
◦ Mere wind blown dust. When I was a kid growing up, we lived 4 houses away from some real good really deep farm land. When the wind blew in the wrong direction, we had to hurry up and scramble and get all of the windows closed so the “muck” didn’t blow in the house. What happens is this tiny dust? It get squeezed and blown around and it gets everywhere. On window ledges, on shelves, on tile floors, on kitchen counters, in bathrooms, on pillow cases, on computers, on phones, everywhere. This fine black annoying dust spreads everywhere and because of that texture, it is so difficult to get rid of.
◦ Without defense in court? Oliver Wendell Holmes is the first to say it, “A man who is his own attorney has a fool for a client.” In other words, if there is ever a reason for an attorney, a wise man will hire one and the wicked will say, “Nah, I can handle it.” And that’s foolish.
◦ The wicked – unfit company for the innocent people. This says two things:
‣ The wicked are unfit company for the innocent people. That’s fairly obvious. The drug dealer and the IRS cheats should not be the ones that the innocent people hang around.
‣ Not only are they unfit but the innocent are supposed to know better and avoid those type of situations where they would find themselves hanging out with the wicked.
• But now wait a minute – avoid the wicked people? Isn’t that exactly the opposite of what Jesus tells us to do? He has dinner with tax frauds and prostiutes, isn’t that the company that God says is unfit for us?
How do we reconcile those two? The ability reach out to those who need God’s help through us and the ability to at the same time not get sucked into their world of wickedness? That’s a hard one. And it’s one that we need to wrestle with more.
But as you go out into the world, whether you go out to care for the sick, or you go out to spread some cheer to families who need it, or you stay home to care for those God has placed in your care. A paraphrased edition of Pastor Darrell’s blessing…..
“God woke you up today. He didn’t have to, but he did.
“God didn’t bring you to church, but he said, “you all are my people where ever you are.”
“God sent you home. He sent you to the hospital, the delivery truck, the warehouse sorting boxes of “essentials.”
“God sent you to the research labs and the doctor’s offices. God sent you to the fire departments.
“God didn’t send you anywhere, he sent you home. Home, because there are kids who need a parent so the other parent can go be a first responder.
God woke you up today. He woke me up today. What are we going to do with that gift?