Psalm 1: Blessed is the Man

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; Psalm 1:1

The Righteous and the Ungodly

A righteous person rejects the lifestyle of the wicked to find delight in God’s law, a choice which yields stability and prosperity. The wicked are vulnerable to destruction, for God supervises the outcome of man’s moral choices.

Key concepts. Blessing, Sin

Chaff (1:4) The ancient farmer crushed stalks of grain with a weighty, ox-drawn sled and then tossed them in the air. The lighter bits of straw and husks were blown away. Chaff is a frequent symbol of the wicked. They are insubstantial and worthless, destined to be discarded by God.

1:6 The Bible speaks of two ways (Prov.2:8, 4:19), only one of which leads to God. This is a consistent biblical theme, culminating in the celebrated words of Jesus, “I am the way” (John 14:6).  The verb knows in this context refers not just to God’s awareness, but to an intimate, personal knowledge (101:4). God is intimately involved with the way of the righteous, but has no connection with the way of the ungodly, except in judgment (146:9).

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”  John 14:5

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6


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