Blessed is the man that walketh not
in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Rollo chose this verse for us. It's a great list of what not to do. God is a loving Father who wants what is best for us. "The ungodly" must be opposite. Whose advice would you rather follow? Isaiah describes the Lord as a "Wonderful Counsellor"(Isaiah 9:6). I'd rather walk in His paths.
"Standing in the way of sinners" sounds doubly dangerous. Joining with sinners and doing what they do is obviously not the way to be blessed. "Getting in their way," available to be a victim, doesn't appeal, either. I'd rather "stand . . . in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come" (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8).Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"Sitting in the seat of the scornful," though. That could be more of a trap. When we're avoiding sinners and the ungodly, are we tempted to label them, to scorn their foolishness and unrighteous behavior? It's easy to find others' faults, and to gloss over our own. Even in our loving home, sometimes we doubt each other's intentions, criticize, make fun. But it doesn't help. We need to persuade, to lead others to righteousness with example and love. And with repentance for our own sins, because we do have them, even when we're trying to be good.
Let's watch how we sit, stand, and walk, so the Lord may bless us with wisdom, righteousness, and joy!