We know the counsel of the ungodly is a counsel of rebellion, but what are the ways and seats of the ungodly? And what is the law of God according to the Psalm? And again, what does it mean to meditate on the law according to the Psalm?
As we come to verse two of Psalm one, we can see that the righteous are taking a different position from that of the ungodly. And from what we know looking at the opening of Psalm one, the righteous are taking the position to oppose and avoid the counsel of the ungodly because of some revelation that was brought to his attention.
Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” And if we can remember, there are three main points to the message of the bible. Firstly, the message is God’s offer of repentance to which the world has access. Secondly, the warning of a coming judgment, and thirdly, God’s promise of eternal life to anyone willing to accept and follow his instruction.
You may have noticed; I used the word instruction at the end of our second paragraph in this reading; and may not have noticed; I used it to point out the meaning of the word law used in verse two of Psalm one. Because reviewing the verse, and asking the question: “Why was it important for the righteous to have meditated on the law of God both day and night?
We came to the revelation, the righteous meditation on the law of God both day and night has nothing to do with the law of Moses received at Mount Sinai. Instead, the law has to do with God giving us instructions on what to do because of the three points revealed earlier which are the themes of the bible, and why we see the righteous taking a different approach to obeying God rather than opposing him.
We were born in sin or rebellion
Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditates day and night.” Speaking of the righteous.
If we can remember, we were reminded in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Sin here means to rebel. We have all rebelled against God because we were, as David said in Psalm 51:5, “we were all shaped in iniquity, meaning from conception, but when we came to know God, a few of us chose to turn from our rebellion.
Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceived me.” And what David is saying to everyone who is willing to hear and understand. Because our ancestors were sinners from the beginning living a life of rebellion: From the very womb, we were being reared up to live a life of rebellion, and so coming into the world the first thing we seek to do is rebel against God’s authority.
What we see on the pages of Psalm one, is a world in rebellion, and even though the world is in rebellion, God is offering us a way out from under the penalty that comes with our rebelling against his authority. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The righteous coming to this revelation has taken the position to move away from the counsel of the ungodly, that is, the policies of the ungodly ruler and those choosing to remain in a state of rebellion. And what he came to realize, and the reason he now meditates on the word of God both day and night is because of the judgment that has been revealed, and what is to be upon the return of Jesus whom God has made king. Chapter 1
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.”
Repenting and standing with Christ
Knowing God has made Jesus king over the nations, the righteous are taking the position to stand with Christ against the counsel and policies of the ungodly. And taking a stand against the policies of the ungodly, the righteous meditates on the law of God both day and night. The righteous are reading and studying the instruction of God for his life, and what he needs to do in order to prepare for the coming judgment.