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; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night.
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.
The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
And as we continue to look at Psalm one, it is clear the scripture is speaking regarding the righteous or blessed man who has refused to walk after the counsel of the ungodly. The blessing he had received was the counsel of God on how to escape or prepare for the coming judgment. And because he obeyed, meditates, and keep God’s word, he is described to be like a tree planted by streams of water.
Placed in this light, it is clear the righteous is being provided for. And let us not forget, the ungodly had also received God’s instruction on how to escape the coming judgment. But instead of taking to heart the instructions shared with him, the ungodly chose to scorn the word of God leaving himself exposed to the danger of being condemned.
But unlike the ungodly, and we could use the word, ungrateful man, the righteous man found value in the word and law of God. He had come to realize, God was sharing a message with him on how to escape what he, God had planned to do against sin. And because there is no escape, but by obeying and following God’s instruction, God shared his plan with the whole world, so that we might escape with our lives.
Jesus speaking with Nicodemus said these words, John 3:17-18, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whosoever believes in him is not condemned, but whosoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
The whole world is standing condemned before God, and to save the world, God sent Jesus the only perfect and blameless man to represent humanity, and not only to represent humanity but to also save humanity. And those believing in the Son of God will obey him, they will do what he instructs them to do, so saving their lives. But those failing to listen, believe in the Son of God, will disobey God’s instruction, and failing to believe, will scorn the Son of God and his words only to perish.
The ungodly perished not because it was God’s will for him to perish, instead, he perished and is perishing because; although God had shared with him the plan for the coming judgment, and how to escape with his life, he made no effort to prepare himself. He perished on faults of his own. He had received the blessing of God, God’s word and instruction, but unlike the righteous who took delight in the word of God for his life, who meditates on the word and law of God for his life, the ungodly, or ungrateful man scorns the word of God, and in doing so continue to walk in unrighteousness.
The outcome is; therefore, opposite to that of the righteous who made preparation for the season of judgment. He, that is, the righteous man, according to the scripture, is, “That person who is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.”
He had gathered from the word of God, a season was appointed for judgment, and knowing there is an appointed season for judgment, he, that is the righteous man, made adequate preparation to survive the season of judgment to be revealed against sin.
The righteous are also described as one “Whose leaf does not wither. And, whatsoever they do prosper.” It is to show that because of his preparedness, and his faithfulness to the word of God, his faith in the Son of God, he, that is the righteous, worked diligently day and night to make ready himself for the coming judgment. As a result, during the season of judgment, he prospered, he will lack nothing, he will live his life in confidence during the tribulation or time of trouble because he had obeyed God’s word in making adequate preparation for his life.
Such is the outcome for everyone believing in the Son of God, and if we believe according to knowledge in the Son of God, we will not only say we believe in God’s Son; instead, we will both believe and do what the Son of God instructs us to do so that we might and will find salvation in him.
That is why Jesus said to Nicodemus, “John 3:17-18, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Because the purpose for which Jesus came into the world is to save lives, however, he came to save lives by first laying down his life to pay for the sins of humanity, and secondly so that we might find the grace of God that is revealing the judgment of God against the world.
Matthew 1:21 reads, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Without the death of Jesus and without his resurrection, the grace of God would not have been revealed to us, meaning we would not have been a qualified people to whom God should revealed his counsel.
However, because of what Jesus has done, paying the penalty for sins on behalf of humanity, we were counted righteous before God, and being counted righteous before God, God then chose to be gracious to us and being kind to humanity is sharing his plan and judgment against sin and the way he will judge sin, so that we might prepare for it.
And because the whole world is exposed to God’s wrath against sin and the world’s rebellion against his kingship, Jesus died for all that he might save all; however, only those believing in him, those taking heed to his warning shall be saved. They will be saved not because they deserve it, instead, they shall be saved because they acted on the counsel of God through Jesus.
John 3:18, “Whosoever believes in him is not condemned, but whosoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”