Psalms 1:1-6 “Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way 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 doth he meditates 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 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.
Psalms 1:1 reads, “Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
That’s the opening message of Psalm chapter one, and we may not know it or may not have understood, but the word of God is our instruction on how to escape the coming wrath of God. And what I mean to say is that the word of God is provided to us not for us to look for a rapture as a means to escape what we call the tribulation, it is instead provided so we can prepare ourselves to escape what is coming upon the earth.
When we read the Bible, Psalm one for this purpose and discussion, many of us were not aware, the reason the righteous are blessed it’s because of what he had received from God. And not only because of what he had received from God, it’s a combination of what he received and what he did after receiving God’s law.
The righteous are blessed because they were open to receive God’s instruction on how to escape judgment; or the coming tribulation; although, it seems foolish to the world we are preparing for the coming hour. And because he the righteous walked not after the counsel of the ungodly who is standing against the word of God, who continues to rebel against God, and who scorn God’s word, they, the righteous will escape with their lives.
Another thing we may not have understood is that the judgment of God is revealed against the whole world, his wrath is revealed against everyone. No one is safe from the coming judgment. And it’s because of this reality, Jesus came into the world that he might lead us out of danger.
This is what Jesus said in light of this truth, John 10:9 “I am the door: by me, if any man enters in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture.” The mission of Jesus is to “save” lives, and if we pay close attention to his message, he promised to provide all we need to go through what we call the tribulation, a time of trouble.
Let us now consider why Jesus came that we might explain why the righteous are blessed for not walking in the way and counsel of the ungodly. The Bible said we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” Romans 3:23. But how did we do that? How did we fall short of God’s glory? Well, it came about because of Adam who rebelled against God, Adam who was told the day he rebelled against God he would die.
After placing man in the garden and granting him authority to rule and reign, and to have command over the works of his hands, God told Adam, Genesis 2:16-17, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Later, Adam would face that challenge, the evil tree called the serpent would put that challenge before Adam and his wife. He brought God’s faithfulness into question. Lucifer the serpent so rightfully named because of his evil nature and intent, asked Adam and his wife Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Calling God’s faithfulness into question, Satan worked at causing Adam and his wife to doubt God, and throwing the instruction of God out, they ate or listen to the advice of Lucifer, titled the serpent, and the evil tree and so rebelled against God.
Genesis 3:4-7, “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
In that hour, Adam earned in his body the penalty or wages of death. He learned something that day, the word of God is true, and the serpent is a liar. And because of Adam’s rebellion, we as his descendants have come to inherit his curse.
As a result, we are sharing in his punishment, and today in our bodies now live the penalty of death, and as such, the penalty of death is resting on humanity. However, to redeem humanity, Jesus came into the world for the sole purpose of saving our lives. He did this by laying down his life to pay the penalty we earned through Adam; He rose from the grave, and through his resurrection restored Adam, therefore, all his children.
So, when we consider why the righteous are blessed, it’s because they are obeying God’s instruction on how to escape with his or her life which is what God is providing us through Jesus Christ. However, and although God has restored Adam through his resurrection, if we continue to reject his, that is Christ’s advice to walk after the way and counsel of the ungodly, continue to sin, rebel, and scorn his word, we will perish.
The message, therefore, is that the whole world is under judgment. We have earned the penalty of death through Adam, and because of the penalty, there is a day appointed when we will have to face the judgment for how we lived our lives before God in Adam, whether we believe in God or not.
The message is showing the difference between two groups of people; the righteous and the ungodly. And I believe the point of the message is that if we obey the instructions of God, we are considered blessed, and if we are practical about the message we will escape God’s wrath. However, if we ignore and scorn God’s law, we will perish.
This falls in line with what Jesus told Nicodemus during one of his conversations with him. Jesus said to Nicodemus, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The whole world is in danger of perishing because of the wrath, or judgment of God revealed against the world. The whole world is heading toward death. And we can see it on the faces of our parents, our children, and our grandparents. They grow old and weak because of the curse of death; and we are growing old and weak because of the curse of death.
The evidence we are perishing is all around us, there is no denying it, and it’s because of that reality Jesus came into the world to restore us from death to life. We are perishing, and so the righteous are blessed, not because he is good and deserves God’s blessing. Instead, he is blessed because of what he received from the Lord, and unlike the ungodly who is rejecting God’s law, the righteous is obeying his king.
Matthew 5:5 reads, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” And again, blessed are the obedient, for they shall inherit the earth. For the law of God is the instruction of God to his people that we might escape death and the coming judgement which is what the righteous had received.