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.
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law does he meditates day and night.” And the question we have in today’s episode is, “Why did the blessed man take delight in the word of God?”
Reading the beginning verses of Psalm one, we can agree, the opening verse of Psalm one is a very strong one, it is so powerful it demands we take heed to the message. It impressed on us the reality that awaits us if we reject the counsel of God. And it begins with the word blessed, and I believe it’s for us to assume the correct opposite, a curse for anyone rejecting the word or law of God.
This then leads us to investigate why the righteous took delight in the law of God, so much so, that he meditates on the law of God day and night. This would suggests a sense of urgency and preparedness, and as we continue to discuss Psalm one, we are going to now look at the attitude of the righteous and why it was important for him to take delight in the law of God and meditate on it day and night.
And to begin our investigation, we will answer the unasked question concerning the law of God, and the question we would like to ask is this, “What is the law of God?” Well, from what we have gathered from the Psalm and our previous episodes, the law of God is God’s instruction for our lives, it’s God’s message to everyone concerning God’s plan, his coming judgment, and how we are to live our lives to receive God’s approval and promise.
2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” And having that in mind, we can then say God’s law is also God’s detailed plan on how to escape the coming and appointed judgment set against the world.
We are to remember, we have all sinned and came short of God’s glory, Romans 3:23, and because of this truth, we, that is, the whole world is facing judgment, and because of this coming judgment, God gave us his law or instruction on how to escape with our lives.
Because of this reality, the righteous took delight in the law or instruction of God. He took delight in it realizing it’s pertaining to his life, God’s revealed grace and plan outlining how he can prepare and escape with his life.
We can all agree, the most precious thing to everyone on earth is his life, and because of that very fact, Jesus asked us this very important question found on the pages of Mark 8:36-37, ”What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
The wise answer to that question would be nothing, there is nothing more precious to the human but his life. And as a result of this truth, and realizing the message was God’s foreknowledge concerning a coming judgment and how to escape the coming wrath of God against sin. The righteous took delight in the law of God, he rejected the counsel of the ungodly which was to ignore God’s law for his life, and he did not continue in his rebellion against God. Instead, the righteous repented, turn his life around, and began to obey the word of God because of the blessing he had received.
It should now be clear, the blessing the righteous received was God’s law and instruction on how to escape with his life due to the coming judgment. And today, as Christians, we are sent to proclaim the gospel of Jesus throughout the world for the sole purpose of warning the nations and to inform them concerning God’s blessing, Jesus the atoning sacrifice. And having heard the message, the attitude of the world should be to accept and meditate on the word of God.
The righteous man took delight in the law of God, but he also meditates on the law of God, and he did so day and night, and the urgency here is that he has come to recognize the danger he was in, and how badly he needed a solution to save his life, and upon hearing God’s word, he, that is the righteous man, took counsel to meditate, prepare for God’s appointed day.
The attitude of the righteous man was to prepare, he made preparation according to God’s instruction for his life. However, the unbelieving man scorns God’s word and law, and so did not take to heart God’s instruction. Therefore, the outcome will be different for the ungodly, and as Jesus said:
Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Jesus told us in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” And if we were to put it into perspective, what Jesus is saying is that those who humble themselves, believed his message, and obey his teaching will escape with their lives.
They will come to inherit and remain on the earth. And why? Because they obeyed the law of God on how to prepare for God’s wrath poured out against the earth. Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And seeing that he was bankrupted, that his life was in danger, and recognizing he was a born sinner deserving death, the blessed man repented, took action, then walked in God’s precepts, he built his ark gathering the substance he has need of to survived the coming judgment and so was able to stand in the congregation of the righteous.
Today, how is the foundation of your house and life, and are we taking heed to the message of God? “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” Because should we believe and put into practice the word of God for our lives, we shall live.