Why does the scripture say the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish? Collecting our thoughts with the message and theme of Psalm one leading to this last verse. We will find the Lord is not concerned with how, and upon whom his wrath will fall for the simple fact he had sent out his warning.
It has been revealed in Psalm 1:5 “ The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” And do you remember why we say the righteous was said to be righteous? He was said to be righteous because he first believed, and after believing acted on the word of God concerning the coming season of judgment.
However, in contrast to the righteous, the ungodly is said to be ungodly because although he had received the same revelation, he chose to scorn the word of God and made no arrangements to save his life. God had presented an offer of grace to both the righteous and the ungodly. But although this was provided, only one out of the two groups representing the entire world chose to act on the grace of God which is God’s undeserving revelation of a coming judgment, and on how we are to make ourselves ready for his coming.
Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” And the word keep means to prepare or guard against the coming day.
This is the Condemnation
However, because of his rejection and for scoffing at God, the ungodly were and will be swept away in the overflow of God’s anger against those in rebellion against the reign of his son Jesus the king. And pouring out his wrath on the appointed day, God is not concerned with how and upon whom his wrath will fall. Because God is confident, those that are righteous will act on his word as instructed for their lives and will escape his coming judgment.
Following verses four and five, Psalm 1:6 reads, “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” It is because the Lord knows the righteous will make ready for the coming day and is aware the ungodly will not, and will, therefore, meet his end on the day of God’s vengeance.
It is no secret the Lord is angry at the wicked every day, and that we have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, a glory to be restored upon the return of Jesus the king. And upon the restoration of the kingdom of God on earth, in Romans 6:23 we read, “The wage of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The gift is for us to realize the glory of God. More blogs
And if we read Revelation 11:18, we will see what has been revealed concerning the end of days, and what will become of the ungodly. It reads, “The nations were angry, and thy wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, both small and great; and should destroy them which destroyed the earth.”
The rebellion of the nations
The nations were angry because they were in direct rebellion against the coming kingdom of God, they were sinners standing in opposition to the reign of Jesus the king. The nations had taken a seat of authority to oppose the coming kingdom of God. But as the scripture prophesied, “Thy wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged” So shall the kingdoms of the world be judged.
And because of the conduct of the prophets, the saints, and those fearing the authority of the Lord, knowing only he has the power to save. The Lord shall reward them for their faith; because they were justified by their actions showing they believed the word of the Lord. But for those choosing to reject the authority of Jesus the king, the scripture is reporting “God will destroy them which destroyed the earth.”
Psalm 1:1 “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.” And coming to this end, let us now ask one last question regarding this Psalm, “When will the blessing be realized by the righteous?”
This blessing mentioned in this Psalm will not be realized until the day of judgment when the righteous shall see the fruit of his faith during the outpouring of God’s anger upon this world, and against wicked men.
2 Peter 2:9-10 “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations or judgment, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed.
“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations or judgment, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” The report of Psalm one, the account of scripture, and the theme of the entire bible and word of God is that a day of wrath is coming. And because it is coming, we should, and are to be preparing ourselves according to God’s instructions.