"Happy are those who don't listen to the wicked, who don't go where sinners go, who don't do what evil people do. They love the Lord's teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night. They are strong like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don't die. Everything they do will succeed. But wicked people are not like that. THey are like chaff that the wind blows away. So the wicked will not escape God's punishment. Sinners will not worship with God's people. This is because the Lord takes care of His people, but the wicked will be detroyed."
Psalm 1:1-6 (NCV)
This passage means several things to me. I personally have been so wrong in my thinking that I should see how close to the line I can get while remaining "holy". That has been completely wrong! I need to strive to be as holy as possible and to be truly set apart for the Lord so that He is truly able to shine through me!
I want to learn what the Lord has said in His Word and I want it to be written upon my heart so that I am "strong like a tree planted by a river." I want to produce fruit that will glorify my God who gave everything up for me!
The fact that I could be considered wicked if I do not submit to His will for my life truly freaks me out...because not only will I not escape punishment...I will be destroyed. That has ETERNAL implications...I cannot imagine, and it sends shivers through my body to imagine eternity without the presence of my Creator. Whether we recognize God here on earth or not, the fact of the matter is that He is present here. We cannot comprehend what it would be like without him.
Praise the Lord for His presence and grace!