“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:6–10, NASB95)
As I read these verses I thought of Psalm 1 where we read in verse 1 of this progression from walking amongst those who scoff, put down, minimize, and reject the word of God for their own beliefs and desires. From there the psalm progresses to demonstrate how after walking along their path, the person then stands and contemplates what he had just seen and heard. He starts to play with it in his mind and justify it in some way as being enticingly valid. The next thing we read is that he is sitting right among them engaged in those same activities. This person has been deceived by their empty words, turning away from the full and right Word of God. Having been saved from sin, the person returns to sin. Having been freed from the judgment of God because of sin, this person returns to the activities from which he was saved. Surely they will be judged for those actions and their unrepentance, and we are not to follow in their path, listen to their counsel, nor participate in their actions. This is not who we are.
Psalm 1 continues to say in verse 2 that this man who is blessed is the one who delights in the law of the Lord and who meditates on it day and night. This is what Paul tells us here in these verses. Don’t be deceived by the ways of sin. Hide God’s Word in your heart, and walk according to who we truly are—people who have come to know the Light of the World—Jesus Christ. It is according to His ways that we are to walk, and accordingly not to participate in the things we once did in darkness. Instead, we are to do that which consists of goodness, righteousness and truth as we seek to please our Lord.
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1:1–6, NASB95)