“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:16-17. And as we read this verse, the question that pops out in my mind is, what do we understand about this verse, and is God saying we must not have the things of this world, or is there more to this story? And because I believe there is more to the story, I am asking you this question, “What do we need to know or understand about Psalm one, and what is the message hiding within Psalm one we need to understand as people of God.
And before we get into answering the question related to Psalm one, let me first address 1 John 2:16-17 before we examine the law of God in Psalm one because Jesus also said, Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” And looking at this scripture, it is clear we can have the things of this life, however, according to the law of God in Psalm one we must not hope in them, nor should we set our hearts on the things of this world because of what the blessed man had come to discover as he investigates the law of God the law he meditated on day and night. And addressing 1 John 2:16-17, it is important to note in agreement with Matthew 6:33, the desire of God is for us to have our hearts desires, however, in relation to the message, we must not desire the lust of the flesh, and the eyes, and must with all that is in us abandon the pride of the world.
But what are the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life that is in the world? These things are the very things the blessed man is avoiding, the desire to rebel or continue to rebel against God, his Son, and the kingship of his Son Jesus Christ. The plot of the world is to establish their own kingdom, a kingdom without God, and because this is the case, they are lusting after what they perceived to be lawful in their own eyes, and pursuing sinful pleasures will pass away as it is written in 1 John 2:16-17. For “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” And now that we understand we can have the desires of our hearts, it is now important we address the reality that the law of God in Psalm one is not speaking regarding the moral law of God, although, it is clear we must do all we can despite the temptations in the world to avoid the counsel of the ungodly.
However, when it comes to the law revealed in Psalm one, it is instead speaking regarding God’s instruction to his people because of the fixed intentions of the world, and because of the temptations in the world, it is good for us to understand these are not moral laws for us to find salvation, instead they are God’s instruction for us to escape and find salvation upon his return. Psalms 25:14 reads, “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” So, as we focus on Psalm one and verse one, it is important we ask this question, “Why was the righteous considered blessed?” And I know it is easy for us to draw the conclusion; he was blessed because he avoided the counsel of the ungodly, and reading this about the blessed man, we thought the message was dealing with the moral law of God. But for me, this was too general because of the questions that were on my heart as I go through the word of God.
I wanted to know what the counsel of the ungodly was. And with these two questions in mind, it was easy for me to understand why the blessed man avoided the counsel of the ungodly, and I believe it was because of what he discovered in the law of God. Genesis 18:17-18 reads, “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” And applying myself to study God’s word, after realizing God is willing to reveal his secret plans to his people, I dive into the word of God, and diving in headlong I have uncovered why the man in Psalm one was a blessed man.
Now, the second thing we need take to note of, and what I have come to realize as I read Psalm one, was the reality that both the blessed and the ungodly man had received the law but having received the law both men approached the law differently. And while God was willing to share his secret with the world, among the two men, only one chose to obey the law, and the other chose to reject the law. And as we conclude the Psalm, we saw that the ungodly was described to be like chaff in the wind, while the righteous were left standing in the face of judgment. Now, based upon what we know about this Psalm, God is providing direction to his people and the whole world because of a coming judgment. And because of this coming judgment, and what he the blessed man had uncovered in the law, we know the law to be God’s instruction on how to prepare for the coming judgment. Therefore, the blessed man is taking delight in the law that he meditates on it day and night.
The scripture told us in Psalm 37:1-2. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” Because as we prepare for the coming judgment, we are to also prepare against the temptation that will come as we endure the persecution of the ungodly in this world. And because of the sufferings to come, the temptation will be to abandon the faith to go after the luxuries of this world because of the prosperity of the wicked, and those around us. But according to what we have come to know according to God’s law. We must understand like grass passing away with time, the wicked and disobedient will pass away in the coming judgment. Therefore, we are blessed to avoid the counsel of the ungodly and the temptations that will come, but the way we will overcome the temptations that will come upon the world is by meditating on the word of God day and night and to remember God’s promises, and faithfulness to his people. And let us not forget, Jesus warned us we must guard ourselves against the coming day, he told us to prepare for the coming persecution that is to come against his people and to prepare for the coming tribulation to strike the earth.
Jesus said to his disciples, Matthew 10:25 “It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” And this Jesus spoke to his disciples because of the days that were ahead as it draws closer to his return. And as we draw closer to his return, we are to prepare because of the terror that will strike the earth, and discovering these things in the law of God the righteous according to Psalm one is blessed for avoiding the counsel of the ungodly.