The company you keep

Posted: September 12, 2014 in psalms
The company you keep would make you or break you. There is a saying, “tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are” and this is true.
I do not sit with men of falsehood,
nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.
Psalm 26:4-5

This seemed to be a reply of the psalmist to a previous psalm (see Psalm 1). He chose the company that he hangs out with. Here are some observations with this psalm on some friends we may have…

#1 Men of falsehood. Talking or gossiping with people who talk falsely is going to lead us to having information we do not need. This creates doubt and makes a false perception with people. This can hinder our walk because God is a God of truth, and not of falsehood. He also hates gossiping. Hence, one of the ten commandments is “you shall not bear false witness”. The “friend” who deals with falsehood would lead you to ruin. He lies and he gossips. He would do anything to save his own skin. If he could be talking about others, what would keep him from talking about you?

#2 Hypocrites. There are “friends” and there are friends. True friends are the ones who would call you up when you’re wrong, when you are not doing the right thing, when you need to go back to the course in which you are running. True friends are the ones who give you the advice you need even if it hurts. Consorting (or to be associated with; to be in a group with) with hypocrites meant talking to people whom you know are only friends with you when they can take advantage of you. There are “friends” who stick around only when it benefits them. The hypocrite is one of the “friends” you need to get rid of.

#3 Evildoers. This friend is quick to do foolish things. Evil things. From a prank to a really nasty stunt, this guy is quick to think of things that could hurt. Whether it be with words or with actions, being around this fellow can be fun at first, but isn’t really God-honoring. This one is a bully, and doesn’t really think responsibly. Hanging out with this type often leads us to go along with whatever he is doing, and is also going to lead us into trouble.

#4 The Wicked. This type of friend is someone who doesn’t believe in God’s existence, defies God in every way they can, and mocks you when you speak about God. This friend is one who would lead you to sin whether it be intentional or not. He would challenge your beliefs, make you question “did God really mean that?” and make you doubt your faith. “If God is really there, how come you are suffering?” This type of friend would also be helpful to you but would love to put God in a bad spot, as if God is not in control.

Here’s the thing. We may have friends like the psalmist mention. Do we hang out with them? Continued exposure to these kinds of friends would lead us away from God and not nearer to Him. Choose your friends, or you would end up just being like them.

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