Weekly Devotional 9-30-19 Psalm One
“1 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”.
Psalm One contrasts the life of a righteous person with the life of an unrighteous person. Happy is the man who is not led by the counsel of ungodly persons but incorporates God’s word into his life. He not only studies and meditates on God’s word, but he lives by its commands. The unrighteous person, on the other hand, is guided by the suggestions and dictates of persons who do not live by the direction of Scripture (God’s word). The Psalmist infers that such persons not only do not live by the word of God but decidedly oppose it. The Psalmist refers to them as being sinners and as being scornful. That is they willfully reject God’s word and think it to be beneath them.
The Psalmist writes that the righteous will be rewarded, but the unrighteous will suffer loss and even judgment. The Psalmist may have or may not have had in mind temporal blessings, but certainly, he had in mind present spiritual and eternal blessings. He wrote: 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 (Vs. 3). The righteous will be rewarded with life everlasting in the presence of the Lord. He will enjoy all that heaven has to offer. The unrighteous
In this story, we see the righteous man (Lazarus) being comforted and rewarded but the unrighteous man (the rich man) in eternal suffering and punishment.
And the apostle Paul by inspiration of God the Holy Spirit wrote: “1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
So, the Psalmist was right (of course he was): “1 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”.
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All Scripture usage is from the NKJB.