What does it mean to be like chaff in the wind according to Psalm one? If we know what chaff is, it is the part of the grain that was removed after being harvested because it is inedible to humans. And reading verse four of Psalm one, we have painted a picture of the type of judgment that will befall the unprepared and ungodly.
It has been revealed to both the ungodly and the righteous in Psalm one there is a coming judgment with God providing a way of escape, the law, and instruction of God. But being rebellious, and full of zeal to oppose the kingship of Christ, the ungodly have taken the position and leadership to rebel against God and the son of God to come.
Coming to verse four of Psalm one, we read concerning the ungodly, Psalm 1:4 “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.” And if we can remember the contrast between the righteous and the ungodly we will take note, it is said, “The righteous shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth his fruit in his season; whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”
This is because upon realizing God will destroy the ungodly who are willing to fulfill their foolish plan. The righteous are preparing against the coming season of God’s outpouring wrath that will bring into view the kingdom of Christ.
Revelation 1:11 ” I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, he doth judge and make war.”
The Coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ
Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
God is determined to keep his word in giving his son a kingdom. And instead of following the path of the righteous who are making plans against the coming day of wrath. Because of his desire to become a god and ruler in opposition to the will of God, the ungodly are ignoring the call to prepare for the coming day of vengeance.
But when the righteous were warned of the coming vengeance of God against an ungodly world, he looked into the law of God working day and night to prepare for the coming day. Therefore, the righteous were counted blessed and will survive the day of anger.
When we come to verse five of Psalm one, we read what follows as the scripture continues to paint the picture concerning the end of those who are refusing to take God at his word. Because as we will read, it is not God’s will anyone should perish. Instead, it is God’s will we survive what is coming, the very reason he showed both the righteous and the ungodly his plan against the kingdoms of this world.
John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” And because the ungodly did not believe in the authority of God. He ignores the message and warning of a coming judgment only to be destroyed by Christ upon his return.
God’s Grace Revealed to All
Both the righteous and the ungodly were made aware of the coming judgment, but only one group among the two chose to obey and follow God’s instruction on how to save his life. It was because of his choice to obey God, his choice to save his life, and his faith in God, the righteous in the story are said to be blessed and righteous.
The righteous are not righteous because he is righteous; instead, he is said to be righteous because they first believed the word of God who then acted to save his life by working at preparing against what was revealed, which was the coming kingdom of God, and the wrath of God that will bring into view the kingdom of Christ.
And the reason the ungodly are said to be ungodly was not that he was more wicked than the righteous, but it was because he failed to believe the word of God that was given to save his life, and so prepared not for the coming day because of his pursuits to go after his evil desire to destroy the people of God making up the kingdom of Christ.
As it was for Noah, So, shall it be in the end
Jesus spoke these words regarding the coming of his kingdom and the day of his coming, Matthew 24:36-39 “Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Speaking of why we should be preparing and are ready. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” It will be a sudden event because at any moment Christ could choose to appear in the world to claim his throne.
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so, shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
What will become of the ungodly, or what will happen to the ungodly on the day of God’s wrath? When the ungodly who had not prepared against the day of the Lord, and the kingdom of God’s son that is now upon the world to judge it and he is caught up in the overthrow of the kingdoms of this world. The ungodly trying to save his life on that day will find it to be a vain attempt because he had not made the adequate arrangements that were necessary for his survival.
It is not said of the ungodly, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, which brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” It is because the Psalm is a revelation of the outcome and the contrast between those choosing to believe in the Lord and his word concerning the season of judgment, and so choosing to act on his word to save their lives.
This now concludes why this contrast exists between the righteous and the ungodly in Psalm one. Psalm 1:4-5 “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.” And that is because the righteous had made plans, and the ungodly did not prepare for the day and season of judgment.