Today we will read through the entire Psalm and return to the picture it method. Here we will try and put ourselves into this passage and think about how we would or do respond according to what it requires. Then remember each of these days is about us applying the word to our lives. So, we want to find ways to make this word appropriated in us.
Psalm 1:1-6 NKJV
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.
Psalm 1:16- Message
How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere wind-blown dust— Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.
What is it like to be the ungodly man in this passage? He is the guy who sits in the seat of the scornful. He is the guy who has no stability in his life. The ungodly man here really has no hope. All of his life effort is blown away, he has no place to stand with the righteous. His ultimate end is that he will perish. He must have a sense of hopelessness and despair within him. His life would be lived with no purpose or meaning and he might feel that pushing his way through life was the only way to hold on to anything. His journey is very different than that of the godly man.
What is it like to be the godly man in this passage? He finds delight in the law, word, instruction and commandments of the Lord. He is not afraid of correction and direction. He knows it will bring life to his heart. He loves the instruction of the Lord so much that he meditates on it day and night. I am reminded that earlier in this study we talked about meditation being “to ruminate.” It is the idea of chewing something over and over again and allowing every bit of what it contains to nourish you. So the godly man here chews on the word continually, allowing the word to become a part of him and transforming him. He lets the word dwell in him richly. This godly man has stability in his life and he is not easily moved. Circumstances do not determine his standing capacity. He is firmly planted in truth. An unwavering man. A man who bears fruit because he is connected to the source. Whatever he puts his hands to brings life because he is a recipient of life. He gives away what he has received.
As I picture these two different men I am taking time to assess my heart. We may all want to be the godly man but where have I found myself at times sitting? It is time for an evaluation.
How can I apply this? I need to watch where I walk. I need to pay attention to where I take a stand. I need to make sure I am finding a seat in the place of the righteous. Choices moment by moment to do that which will bring life.