Saturday Psalm (1c)

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.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  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.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:1-6

Thus far in our look at the first Psalm, we have looked at the blessed man.  We have seen his habits and his blessings.  Hopefully, we have been encouraged and challenged to be more like him.  But there is another part of this Psalm.  The blessed man is contrasted with the ungodly man.  Everything that the blessed man is, the ungodly man is not.  He is the opposite of the blessed man.  It is said of the blessed man that “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  But “the ungodly are not so…”

While the blessed man is like a deep rooted tree planted by a river of water, the ungodly is like some dry chaff that blows away in the smallest wind.  He has no root.  He has no fruit.  He has nothing that lasts.  In fact, there is nothing about him that lasts.  He lives and everything he lives and works for is immediately blown away and gone.

The ungodly man is a sad case.  We have the choice of which way we would like to go.  The directions are clearly laid out for us.  Which direction are we headed?

2 responses to this post.

  1. I have not been here at your blog in a long time. I was reading a post I wrote back in 2010 on which you had commented. I was feeling down, and then I read these words of yours:

    “Psalm 103:3 is also one of my favorites “who forgiveth all thine iniquities…” God is good.”

    Then I went and read all of Psalm 103. Not only was I comforted, but I found that it contained truth I needed to consider for my next post. I am about to write about when God destroyed the earth with the flood.

    I wanted to come to your blog and thank you. Then I read this post and saw that you were in the book of Psalms. I was encouraged when I read the part about the tree bringing forth fruit in his season.

    Psalm 1:1-6 as a whole comes across to me in a metaphoric way contrasting the inward man with the outward man (2 Corinthians 4:16)…the treasure in the earthen vessel. 🙂

    i hope all is going well for you, and I am praying that the Lord might richly bless you this year.



    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words. It’s a wonderful thing when the Lord is able to use something that you’ve written to encourage another.

      I love the thought about Psalm 1 being a metaphor of the inward and outward man. I had never thought of it that way before and that brings a whole new dimension to it for me. Thanks!

      May God richly bless you and yours this year!


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