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.
The Psalms contain so many memorable scriptures. It is the go-to Book for comfort, encouragement, strength, and answers.
I remember first reading Psalm 1 in the preacher’s class at Jacksonville Baptist College. It made an impact on me.
My desire is to be that blessed man the Psalm speaks about.
I want my delight in God and His righteousness.
The blessed person does not follow the example of ungodliness. If we are to separate from the world then we must not allow ourselves influence of secularism. Anti-Christian thought already permeates the Christian mind. We don’t believe God can because the worldly influence says God can’t.
The sick aren’t healed, the dead aren’t raised, the Spirit does not fill simply because ungodliness has filled the church and told us these things are no longer applicable to the Christian life. Doubt that it cannot happen is much stronger in the Christian church than faith that God can make it happen.
There is a stark contrast between Godliness and ungodliness.
The Godly are like a tree planted by a river – always nourished and flourishing.
The Godly live in the righteousness of God (bear fruit), never retreat (wither), and are blessed (prospers).
The ungodly are like useless husks blown away by the wind. Their unrighteousness will not judge the righteousness of the Godly.
It seems this Psalm spends a lot of time saying not to listen to ungodliness in word, deeds, or thoughts.
Listen to and follow the righteousness of God.