Sunday, February 24, 2019
“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” (Psalm 1:1 KJV).
How is this an apt introduction to the Book of Psalms?
The opening Psalm is a mere six verses in length. It begins, “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.” The word “blessed” means “happy,” as in, “How happy is the man!” Why is he pleased? In what is he content? Well, to understand it, we must think of the opposite situation.
Notice the progression of the verse. The evil man starts by walking in the counsel of the ungodly. He listens to their advice (which is apart from God). If that is not enough, he then stands in the way of sinners (who are against God). He is so comfortable in continuing in that anti-God course, he ultimately sits in the seat of the scornful (who mock God). He settles down permanently—from walking, to standing, to sitting. Stated another way, he tolerates being without God’s light, next he is militantly opposed to God, and finally he boldly insults God!
However, the good man will stop sin as soon as he spots it in his life. He does not let it gain a greater hold, for it starts with a walk (“minor”) and ends with a seat (major!). The best action to take before he thus walks is to run in the other direction! Had the sinner heeded that advice, instead of the counsel of the ungodly, he would not be so unhappy! He went contrary to the Creator God and the way He designed human life to function, and now he has reaped what he has sown.
The good man has avoided that whole maze of difficulties. How happy he is to have been spared such misery, headache, and heartbreak! His pleasure is not in sin, ungodliness, scorning. Verse 2 remarks, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” God’s Word pleases him, satisfies him, as he has appreciated the better things in life….