Psalm 1:1 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. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
It has always been God’s desire for man to enjoy His blessings and goodness (Genesis 1:28, 31). It wasn’t until sin entered by Adam’s transgression (Romans 5:12) that the nature of spiritual death, satan, and the curse were found on Earth. This blessing was restored to us as Believers who are now positionally blessed in Christ (our spiritual position and standing). Our Christian life is also a practice or compared to a walk (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15); it is how we live out our Christian life. To this end Psalm 1:1-6 gives us a guideline and a contrast between the Godly life God blesses (in their experience of life) and the ungodly life God judges.
THE PERSON GOD BLESSES
- SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD
Verse 1, Sin is progressive (walk, stand, seat) and except for the purpose of ministering to the ungodly, the godly keep themselves from the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat of the scornful (those who mock God’s holy and righteous ways). We are in the world but not of it.
- BENT TOWARD THE WORD OF GOD
Verse 2, To delight means one’s will is bent toward something and to purpose that in doing so one will find pleasure. It implies entire and full inclination towards an object. The blessed man is bent toward the Word to find pleasure.
- MEDITATES ON GOD’S WORD
Verse 3, People God blesses daily keep their spirit and soul well saturated with the Word of God by meditating on it. Not simply reading the Word, or studying the Word, but meditating on it (Hebrew – To muse; to ponder; to pour over; to utter/mutter; to say to yourself; to utter to oneself). Andrew Murray said, “Meditation is holding the Word of God in the heart until it affects every phase of the life.”
Meditation is eating God’s Word and digesting it until it is assimilated and becomes a part of the life. We know things by the Spirit and we get into the teaching of the Holy Spirit by the spiritual exercise of meditation 1 Corinthians 2:9-16. The result is that you become rooted, fruitful, and prosper as he does the Word instead of withering away from the heat of life’s battles.
THE PERSON GOD JUDGES
- EASILY BLOWN AWAY
Verse 4, Everything good God said would happen for the godly is summed up about the ungodly with, “The ungodly are not so….” Instead of being like a fruitful tree they are like chaff, the useless husks of grain that are easily blown away.
- WILL BE SEPARATED FROM THE RIGHTEOUS IN JUDGMENT
Verse 5, There won’t be any godly or Christians at the judgment of the ungodly (not described here but in Revelation 20:11-15). They will be excluded from the judgment of the godly and the just. They will not be able to stand or endure their judgment but will be taken away to a place of fire and eternal damnation.
- THE WAY THEY LIVE WILL LEAD THEM TO PERISH
Verse 6, God knows (intimately) and has a relationship in life’s course or the way of living of the righteous but the way of the ungodly, He does not. They shall end up perishing for living a life without God.
The invitation to be the one God blesses is given to every man who acknowledges they are a sinner, they need a Savior, and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior Romans 10:9, Receive Him today.