1 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.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 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.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Commentary taken from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book titled ‘BE Worshipful’.
Psalm 1 is a wisdom psalm and focuses on God’s Word, God’s blessing on those who obey it and mediate on it, and God’s ultimate judgement on those who rebel. Wisdom psalms also wrestle with the problem of evil in the world and why God permits the prosperity of the wicked who reject His law…….While this psalm depicts two ways, it actually describes three different persons and how they relate to the blessing of the Lord.
1. The Person Who Receives a Blessing from God (vv.1-2)……The person described here met the conditions, and therefore God blessed him. If we want God’s blessing, we, too, must meet the conditions.
‘We must be directed by the Word’ (v.1)…….When Jesus was arrested, Peter didn’t follow Christ’s counsel and flee from the garden,,,,,,but followed and entered the high priest’s courtyard. There he stood with the enemy……and ultimately sat with them (Luke 22:55). The result was denying Christ three times. The “ungodly” are people who are willfully and persistently evil; “sinners” are those who miss the mark of God’s standards but who don’t care; the “scornful” make light of God’s laws and ridicule that which is sacred (Prov. 1:22)……
‘We must be delighted with the word’ (v.2). Delighting in the Word and meditating on the Word must go together…..for whatever we enjoy, we think about and pursue…..If we speak to the Lord about the Word, the Word will speak to us about the Lord. This is what is meant by “abiding in the Word”……The way we treat the Bible is the way we treat Jesus Christ, for the Bible is His Word to us.
2. The Person Who Is a Blessing (v.3). God blesses us that we might be a blessing to others (Gen. 12:2)……We are to become channels of God’s blessing to others. It’s a joy to “receive” a blessing but an even greater joy to “be” a blessing. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35)…….The most important part of a tree is the hidden root system that draws up water and nourishment, and the most important part of the believer’s life is the “spiritual root system” that draws on the hidden resources we have in Christ (Eph 3:17, Col 2:7). This is known as “abiding in Christ” ……
In Scripture, water for drinking is a picture of the Spirit of God (John 7:37-39),,,,,,,,,while water for washing pictures the Word of God (Ps 119:9)……Thirst for water is an image of thirst for God…..and the river is often a picture of God’s provision of spiritual blessing and help for His people (Ps 36:8)……
3. The Person Who Needs a Blessing (vv.4-6) The first half of the psalm describes the godly person, while the last half focuses on the ungodly, “The people the godly must seek to reach with the gospel”……The wicked are pictured in many ways in Scripture, but the image here is ‘chaff’. In contrast to the righteous, who are like trees, the ungodly are dead, rootless, blown about, and destined for the fire. Chaff is worth nothing……
This psalm begins with “blessed” and ends with “ parish.” True believers are blessed in Christ (Eph. 1:3). They have received God’s blessing, and ought to be a blessing to others, especially to the chaff that will one day be thrown into the fire. Let’s seek to win as many of them as we can.
I love where Warren Wiersbe says above, under #1 “ If we speak to the Lord about the Word, the Word will speak to us about the Lord. This is what is meant by ‘abiding in the word’. Then he says, “The way we treat the Bible is the way we treat Jesus Christ, for the Bible is His Word to us.”
I wish all all of you a very blessed day.