The Blessed Man. …Blessed by God . In Psalms 1, the writer wants to teach man the way of true happiness – he also wants to warn him of the sure destruction of sinners. 1:1-3 The Blessedness of a godly man 1:4-6 A contrast of the righteous with the ungodly. I. The Blessed Man (vs. 1-3).
…Blessed by God
In Psalms 1, the writer wants to teach man the way of true happiness – he also wants to warn him of the sure destruction of sinners
1:4-6 A contrast of the righteous with the ungodly
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (v.1)
Blessed = happy, fortunate
The Psalmist is looking at the righteous man and the blessedness of being righteous
The blessed man takes counsel or advice from the wise
He walks in the commandments of the Lord
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
He does not associate with people who do wrong
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil”
Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.
He finds no pleasure in those who make jokes about God, sin, heaven, hell etc.
He reverences God and does not want to hear God’s name blasphemed
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
The seat of the scornful can be found in many colleges, universities, films, books etc.
These are arranged to show the progression of sin in the lives of those who follow after sin
The blessed man puts away evil things and evil persons from him
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (v.2)
He loves to read and study God’s Word
He reads the Word by day and meditates upon it by night
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
“A man may not be what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is.”
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
His life is nourished by God’s blessings
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it…
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
“The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.” (v. 4)
Chaff = the tiny husk around the grain; worthless, without substance
“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” (v.5)
There will not be one ungodly person in heaven
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
“For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (v.6)
The ungodly shall perish – eternally lost in hell
They will be punished because of the life they chose to live!
1. Are life chaff
2. They shall not be acquitted on the day of judgment
3. They will not be in heaven