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.
This first psalm begins with the word blessed and ends with the word perish. In six short statements the psalmist defines for us the practices of life for both sinner and saint now, and ultimately the future that awaits them both when this life is over. The godly man finds himself separated from the world and its ways, choosing instead to find joy in God’s ways and God's Word. He prospers in his labors and his service to the Lord results in fruit that lasts. His future is bright and glorious.
The godless man is driven like chaff in the winds, no permanent fruit, doomed to judgment, damned to an eternity without God. Blessed or perishing, the choices we make today will determine which word will apply to us in that day!
Pastor Jack Abeelen