Psalm 1:1-6 – “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” NKJV
I love the Psalms and especially this first one. It is applicable in all seasons and in all situations and expresses the heart of our Heavenly Father in such a powerful way. There is the contrast of the “Blessed” person and the “Cursed” person or “Un-blessed.” There is the identification that there are two paths in life that we can follow and the benefits or pitfalls of those choices.
THE BLESSED MAN:
Chooses the Lord and His Way over the wisdom of the world or the morals of an unregenerate society and this person is not scornful but takes delight in the law of the Lord and in God’s Word he invests himself as much as humanly possible. In so doing, he finds that his life becomes like a tree planted by the refreshing streams that provide the nurture and nourishment needed to grow, thrive, and produce fruit. It is not affected by the drought because it is receiving the life-giving flow of water from the river. This person is prosperous in ALL that he/she does. That is a position and condition that each of us should ardently desire.
Next we see the contrast in the state of the ungodly. They are unstable like the chaff of the wheat that the wind blows wherever it may. The ungodly are unable to withstand the judgment or ability to stand in their own defense in a trial because they are guilty, unrepentant, and Unforgiven. They have no place or position in the congregation of the righteous or in the blessings that flow to the one who follows the Lord with a whole heart.
We are reminded that God is fully aware of our state and condition. The righteous will walk in victory, grace, peace, power, and success but the wicked or the ungodly will perish. I readily acknowledge that God sends the rain on the just and unjust alike and that many go through life with seemingly little negative as a result of their chosen lifestyles but I know that ONE DAY we will give account and on that day my heart cries to hear – “Well done! Come on in!” The ungodly will hear, “Depart from Me for I never knew you.”
We all have choices in life and when we set our hearts to follow God, the Holy Spirit will come to our side and walk with us through life’s pathways. It may not be easy but it will lead to Eternal Life! So which road is yours?
May God bless you as you go through your day!