“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” “Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.” Psalm 1:1-2; 32:2; 51:6
Plumb: “exactly vertical or true.” An old house gives good illustration for floors and walls that are not plumb. It is usually rather evident, by visual inspection or skewed balance, that floors have sagged, doors hang uneven, and walls and corners no longer pass a level’s test. While these places have charm and character, they would likely not stand up to today’s rigorous standards.
It is a daily challenge to remain ‘spiritually plumb,’ to be filled with truth, to stay pure in a world that readily poisons with words, suggestions, images, philosophies. No matter how uprightly we begin, over time we can settle in to ease, complacency, habits we grow accustomed to that no longer hold strong against new and enticing pressures. When we lose our “sharp,” when we allow slippage from our Rock-bed, we begin to get off-kilter, to sink, sometimes so subtly and insidiously we do not even recognize the distortion. A bit of language here, some new recreation there, a door ajar to new and wayward affections, the entertaining of modern logic that negates eternal truth, the claiming of culture-determined ‘rights’… soon we have welcomed, maybe unconsciously, unperceived cracks that will eat away at our foundation and bring spiritual weakness, even ruin.
“Behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:2-3
As foundations are riddled, what do we do? I must first recognize what and who is wicked, and not loiter in their presence. No walking, standing, or sitting with those who would turn my heart astray, my talk to scoffing, who entice my mind to doubt, my resolve to dissipate. Are there individuals, or programs, from which I need distance? I must intentionally delight myself in my Lord, and in His word– churn it over in my mind, apply it to my affections, trust in its power. I am regularly to expose myself to the Spirit’s searching and testing and repent of any foreign allegiances. I must be keen to listen to my Lord’s voice, and walk according to it. I must deliberately establish time in the scriptures to reinforce the foundation of my thinking and doing. (Psalm 37:4; 139:23-24; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 30:20-21; Matthew 7:24-25)
All these ‘musts’ are not to be attempted in my own power, but will be the fruit of a life yielded to my Sovereign. It is Christ Who works in us, Who gives the will and strength to stay firm. (Philippians 2:12-13; 4:13)
Lord, keep me ever plumb with the foundation of Your true word, accurately reflecting Your design, that You may be glorified in and through me, Your holy dwelling place. (Ephesians 2:20-22)