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The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6



#1 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Watch Where You Walk, Stand & Sit (1/6)
#2 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Delight and Meditate (2/6)
#3 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Planted and Productive (3/6)
#4 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/The Ungodly Are Not So (4/6)
#5 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Destination, Disaster (5/6)
#6 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Two Ways-One Choice (6/6)


#1 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Watch Where You Walk, Stand & Sit...(1/6)

Ps. 1:1 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinner, nor sits in the seat of the scornful."

The only way to live a life that is filled with God and His blessings is to follow Him and His counsel. We do not have the luxury to pick and choose when we will follow Him, it must be all of the time. The way of misery is always vying for our followship. Following God is a deliberate act of the will. Of course we are speaking about an act of the will which is surrendered to God. This is not a self help project nor a works-salvation. And though this act of the will cannot be accomplished in the strength of the natural man, it is the norm of life for those who are surrenered to the presence of the Holy Spirit. If we choose to follow Him, we must choose not to follow the ways, wisdom and words of the ungodly. It is either/or with God. Either follow Him or follow satan. Either follow godly counsel or follow ungodly counsel. We are responsible for making the choice. However, we are surrounded by ungodly counsel through books, magazines, the internet, TV, radio, friends and counselors. The ungodly influence Christians in the media, schools, job force, medical arena, legal venues, family forums, governmental agencies and business circles. The way of God is not popular and it is not the cheap way, which makes "walking in the counsel of the ungodly" an attractive way to go. It is difficult to find ministers today who will even give Biblical counsel. They have deferred to the "experts" and "professionals". They fear reprisals and law suits. They have been trained in ungodly counsel (worldly psychology) rather than the sure Word of God. Nonetheless, God tells us to "walk not in the counsel of the ungodly." We are constantly informed that the socially acceptable way is the way of the world, the politically correct view is the world's view and the only enlightened path is the path of those who are not fettered by the narrow thinking of the Bible. But after all is said and done, God says, "Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly."

If a person does walk (live their life according to the counsel of those who are not under the authority of God), they will eventually become so comfortable with the life of sinning against God that they will become "set in their ways" and will promote the way of sin. Psalm 1 warns against this by saying, "Nor stand in the way of sinners." One who walks in the way of the ungodly will move from simply being influenced by the ungodly to the point of taking a stand for sinful passions, beliefs, relationships and behavior. But this is not the extent of our wandering from God.

We will move from simply walking in the counsel of the ungodly (living by ungodly standards) to standing in the way of sinners (espousing and promoting Christless behavior) to the point of sitting in the seat of the scornful (being a scoffer, mocker, ridiculer of God.) We will either take steps that bring us closer to God or take steps which lead us away from God. Closeness to God brings blessing. Separation from God brings misery and desparation. Learn the lesson of Psalm 1:1 Live it out daily. Let it be your guide in decision making. Don't be dragged down the path of failure, instead choose to move upward and onward in Jesus.

#2 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Delight and Meditate...(2/6)

Psalms 1:2 "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law does he meditate day and night."

It is true that we can consider all men to be blessed in some fashion or other. The Bible says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust and the sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous*. However, the blessed man of Psalm 1:2 is one who is living in the awareness of his blessings. Plus, he knows the joy of sins forgiven, the freedom of a pure heart, the power of the indwelling Spirit. God is good to all men, but the blessed man is the man who knows that his help is in the Lord*. The blessed man is the man who knows God and loves God*. The blessed man is the man who watches where he walks, stands and sits*. The blessed man not only reads the law of the LORD, he delights in it.

The term "law of the LORD" here is not just in reference to the "commandments" portion of the Bible. When the Psalmist wrote this passage, all of God's Word was called "the law." In other words, the blessed man delights in "God's Word" and meditates on "God's word" day and night. We will never be the "blessed man" if we do not love and meditate on God's Word. It is not just a matter of reading or even studying it. We must delight in it. His Word is our bread*, light*, water*, sword* and our companion*. A casual glance will not make us blessed. Intense study will not make us blessed. It requires a spiritual investment. We must delight ourselves in it. We need to realize that His Word is more important than anyone else's word. We must commit ourselves to His Word as He has committed His Word to us. Our delight will come as we are faithful to meditate on It. Our delight will come as we apply It's truths. Our delight will come as we fellowship with the One who has given us His Word.

If there is no desire for God's Word, it is because the "birds" (satan and demons) are snatching away the seed before it takes root*. As Abram kept the "birds" away from his sacrifice, we must keep the "birds" from snatching away God's Word from our heart. Ask God to give you a desire for His Word, He will. Ask God to give you an understanding of His Word, He will. But you must give His Word your attention and you must think about His Word day and night. You must meditate, search and be searched by what God says. You must allow it to lead you*, teach you*, change you*. The opposite of walking in the counsel of the ungodly and standing in the way of sinners and sitting in the seat of the scornful is delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on it day and night. We will only have as much of God's presence as we have of God's Word. Bind it to your head and heart* and you will be blessed.

#3 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Planted and Productive (3/6)

Ps. 1:3 "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper."

The "blessed" man watches where he walks, stands and sits and he meditates on the Word of God day and night. In doing this he assures himself of productive life. He "...shall be like a tree planted..." The "blessed man" is like a planted tree, not just a tree, not a tree growing wild but a tree which was chosen* and placed in it's location for optimum benefit by the husbandman. If we are the blessed man, then we are chosen and planted by Jesus for optimum benefit. God knows us and knows what we need and what we can do. * We are theLord's planting.* He has a divine design. We will fulfill that design only if we meditate day and night on His Word. His Word gives us the light, water and the nourishment needed to be strong and healthy.

He is "...planted by rivers of water..." The tree was deliberatly planted by rivers, or canals, of water. It would always have enough of the precious, life giving elixir to bring it life, health, fruitfulness and freshness. The canals were built and operated by the husbandman for the purpose of providing water when it was needed. Because this was a controlled environment, the tree would always have sufficient water, regardless of heat and draught. As God's planting, we always have sufficient water in the midst of our dry spells. We are never overwhelmed by our environs or circumstances*.

He shall"...bring forth his fruit in his season..." There is a time and a season for a tree to produce it's fruit*. It must come at the right time or it will not come at all. There is a time when a tree is growing but not producing. The husbandman sees the tree through the "dormant" times and into the fruitful times. God knows our abilities and requires only what we can do by His grace. God does not require me to produce like another person, IT IS MY FRUIT IN MY SEASON. God considers me personally. I can trust God to produce the increase*. It is not by power nor by might, but by My Spirit, says the LORD*.

His "...leaf also shall not wither..." Not only is there fruit-bearing at the right time, the leaves never lose their vitality. When it is not fruit bearing time, the leaves still have life flowing through them. The believer in Christ may not always be in season, but he should always be able to give testimony to the goodness of God. We are to do what God calls us to, in season and out of season*. Our fruit is our productivity and our leaf is our testimony.

"...and whatsoever he does shall prosper..." This blessed man will find success in his life. His success is found in fulfilling the husbandman's plan, not his own. As God's planting, we prosper in whatever we do for Jesus. God's choosing us and planting us was for His purposes, not our own. He had a design when he planted us. Success is not in the ambitions of the plant, but in the design of the husbandman.

#4 The Blessed and The Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/The Ungodly Are Not So (4/6)

Ps.1:4-6 The Psalmist has described the "Blessed" man (vss. 1-3) and now he describes the "Ungodly" man (vss.4-5). God wants us to understand that the Blessed and the Ungodly are opposites, that they are on two different sides of a relationship with God. Picture in your mind a continuum with a central point which divides it. On one side are the ungodly and on the other side are the blessed.
___The Blessed___<>___The Ungodly___

Though some may not be as far into their choice, they are still on one side or the other, ungodly or blessed. We probably would have designated them as "blessed and unblessed" or "godly and ungodly" but God is telling us that "the blessed" and "the godly" are the same and that "the unblessed" and "the ungodly" are the same. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us (Mt.5:3-12) that the "Blessed" have the kingdom of heaven; are comforted... shall inherit the earth... shall be filled with righteousness... shall obtain mercy... shall see God... shall be called the children of God... and that they will be persecuted for righteousness sake but will rejoice. Other terms we use for these two classes of people are, "the saved and the unsaved", "the believer and the non-believer", "the saint and the sinner." Remember, the book of Psalms tells us how to be blessed and how "the blessed" live, in other words, how to be saved and how "the saved" live.

The dividing point on the continuum is God, Jesus, the Cross, salvation, faith. All people have sinned and need The Savior, Jesus Christ. We are all born with a natural propensity to sin (this is called the "nature of sin".) We all follow that propensity as we get older (this is called the "act of sinning".) Children who have not yet come to an age of accountability are covered by the grace of God; Jesus said, "...allow the children to come unto me, FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" (Mt.19:14). These young children are recipients of the saving grace of God. When we become responsible before God for our sins we need to choose God's salvation.

Our enemy (satan), deceived and overpowered us through our rebellion and made us willing slaves of sin. When God showed us the futility of our way we wanted to escape from satan's power. We found that we could not escape on our own and that we needed help. This is where we must turn from sin and turn to Jesus (this is repentance); believe that He died for our sins and that He rose again from the dead physically and believe that He can and will forgive our rebellion and throw off the shackles of satan and sin (this is faith); and we must own-up to our sins and tell others (this is confession) that Jesus has forgiven (this is justification); renewed us (this is regeneration); has accepted us into His family (this is adoption) and has set us apart from worldliness to God (this is sanctification). This is how we move from being the ungodly to being the blessed. God does not save us from sin and satan so that we may be overcome again, He gives us victory over the penalty, power and pollution of sin (this is entire sanctification).

The book of Psalms is a great book for helping us live up to all that God has planned for us. It is interesting that Psalms and The Sermon on the Mount start out with the presupposition that the reader (hearer) is already in a right relationship with God and therefore "Blessed".

#5 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Destination, Disaster (5/6)

Ps. 1:4-5 "4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous."

In vs.1 we saw that "the ungodly" is the first in the list of three postures or positions which are on the wrong side of God and salvation. The order of descent for these three enemies of God is;

1. the ungodly (quietly without God)
2. the sinner (blatantly disobedient to God) and
3. the scornful (vehemently antagonistic to God.)

Now we are given more insight into the life of the ungodly. They are nothing like the blessed man. They WILL walk in the counsel of the ungodly and they WILL stand in the way of sinners and they WILL sit in the seat of the scornful; they do NOT delight in the Word of the God and they do NOT meditate in it day and night. Any questions? It seems simple to me, as simple as I am. As the fellow once said, "If someone as dumb as I am understands it, then why can't the really smart people see it?" The answer is, because wisdom is not the offspring of intellegence, it is the companion of rigteousness.

"The ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away." The ungodly are like the useless husk that holds to the wheat. It has no worth, use, or substance. As chaff is blown about by the wind, so the ungodly are blown about by every wind of doctrine and temptation. But there is another wind coming their way, the wind of God's judgment. Speaking of his persecutors the Psalmist said, "Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them" (35:5).

"Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment..." Isaiah told what would happen to the wicked by comparing them to chaff. When the righteous Judge does His job He will separate the chaff from the wheat and burn it up. "Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel" (Is.5:24). They will be found guilty. The chaff (the ungodly) may exist next to the wheat (Christians) while in this world, but in the judgment they will be separated and the chaff shall be burned forever. The ungodly, though the least offensive of the three enemies of God, will have no more hope in the judgment than the devil himself.

"Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." The end for the nice, pleasant, kind, friendly, generous but ungodly is the same as the overtly sinful person. They will not be acquited in the judgment. They will be found guilty and deserving of punishment and they will not be allowed entrance to heaven. Having chosen a way which is contrary to God for time, they will be condemned to be without God for eternity. Having chosen not to be one of the righteous in this world they will have no part with the righteous in the next world.

Notice that the rigteous are mentioned in verse 5. Here it is made clear that the righteous are "the blessed." That is what makes them "the blessed." "The Blessed" are the blessed in this world and in the world to come. Paul wrote in I Timothy 4:8, "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."

Believe on Jesus and Be Blessed.

#6 The Blessed and the Ungodly/Psalm 1:1-6/Two Ways/One Choice (6/6)

Ps. 1:6 "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."

God should know the way of the righteous. He designed it*, implemented it*, controls it* and He will complete it*. Remember, God planted or placed the righteous by the rivers of water. He knows our frame*, our strengths and weaknesses*; He knows our uprising and our downsitting*. He knows our past*, present and future*. God knows what we need, when we need it and then equips us with it*. God will not allow any tempatation, trial, disappointment, loss or anything to come into our lives which we cannot handle by His grace*. God has chosen the "way" for His chosen people*.

But the way of the ungodly shall perish. The ungodly will not stand in the judgment and sinners shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous. Not only will the ungodly be separated from God forever, even their way shall perish. There will come an end to their killing, stealing, lying, lusting, raping, abusing*. The righteous will no longer suffer their wickedness and violence*. Neither will the ungodly enjoy his sins*. Though the ungodly will never repent of their disobedience and rebellion throughout all eternity, neither will they "enjoy" their sins. The Bible says that there is pleasure in sin for a season*, which is as a vapor*. But it also says that it is appointed unto man to die and then the judgment*. The pleasure of sin is temporal but the wages of sin is forever*. The way of the ungodly shall perish.

We have life and death set before us, choose life*. We have light and darkness set before us, choose light*. We have heaven and hell set before us, choose heaven. We have righteousness and ungodliness set before us, choose righteousness. We have Jesus and sin set before us, choose Jesus and you will be "the blessed".

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