The Righteous Will be Blessed but the Ungodly Will Perish

By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). On the prayer line on Monday morning, Ms. Euphresia Fombo informed her teaching with Psalm 1, a psalm in which David unabashedly points out what happens to people who strive for righteousness in their lives and arrogant ungodly pagans.

David states in verses one and two, “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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

Sister Euphresia seemed to be preaching to the choir when she enjoined participants on the prayer line to stay away from sin. “Grow in worshiping God and stay away from anything that doesn’t glorify God. Stay away from vulgarity and spend time with God by going before Him and worshiping Him with all your heart, soul, and mind,” said Sister Euphresia.

She quoted the popular verse in Joshua, verse eight, saying, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Ms. Fombo then added: “We must use the word of God to get out of situations. Separate yourself from the wicked and the company of the mocker so that you may be prosperous in everything you do. Paul says in Galatians 5: 22-23 that we find peace and joy in His word.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Sister added: “As believers, we must live these truths. Abraham walked with the Lord and served Him faithfully. We must be as faithful and diligent in the Lord as Abraham.

“We must not be of the world; we must separate ourselves from the world. Drinking alcohol is carnality. Walking and abiding with the word is healing, blessing, strength, success, and prosperity.

“Don’t be ungodly because Psalm 1: 6, the conclusion of the first chapter in psalm says, “’For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.’ Again, avoid the ways of carnality and be saved. Don’t say you were not forewarned,” said Ms. Fombo.

On Tuesday morning, Ms. Emelie Sophie Koagne also emphasized the need for Christians to devote their lives totally to worshiping God. Sister Emelie reminded participants that there should be no in-between worshipers of God. “Either you are a true worshiper of God or you are not. As Pastor Georges keeps saying, ‘You are either for God or for the devil.’

“So make up your mind and decide and be on the side of God because with Him, you have everything.”

Ms. Koagne narrated the story of Mary and Martha whose absolute faith in Christ resulted in Jesus raising their brother Lazarus from the dead. “Mary and Martha were true worshipers of God because they found time to worship the Lord, no matter their circumstances. True worshipers worship the Lord with their hearts, not their mouths,” said Ms. Koagne.

Mrs. Rose Asah moderated with Pastor Jean Paul Ntap. In her response, she observed that worshiping the Lord is a personal encounter. “The way you encounter the Lord enables you to know who God really is. A perfect example of somebody who had a personal encounter with the Lord is David. Therefore, he praised God for his glory and magnificence. You must encounter Him to know who He is,” noted Mrs. Asah.

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).