Psalms 1 (NKJV)
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 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;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Bible study summary
“A Man Of Attitude & Purpose”
Psalm 1:1 The Choices Of The Godly
The godly, an active person, pays attention to 3 lifestyle traits:
- Words Of Wisdom” (advice, plan, purpose),
- State Of The Mind” (nurtures an upright mindset) and
- the “Company It Keeps” (mingles with God-praisers)…1 Peter 2:9-10
Psalm 1:2 Thrilled By The Word
He is passionate about the Word (Joshua 1:8) and approaches it intentionally (Psalms 119:105). This approach is not erratic, but patterned, meditating all day on it (Proverbs 4:23). The Word is his life that gives light (John 1:4).
Psalm 1:3 Blossom Like A Tree
A preacher once said: “Success is predictable.” The picture of a tree by the river describes a firm relationship which brings relevance and flourishing to the tree through different seasons. The river is symbolic of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38) and the soil, the grace of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Psalm 1:4-5 The Ultimate Fate Of The Ungodly
Just like dust, the memory of the ungodly is forgotten (Proverbs 10:7). They also have no defence on Judgment Day. They cannot share in the true inheritance of the righteous. Fret not over the wicked’s prosperity (Psalms37:7).
Psalms1:6 God Knows The Righteous’ Ways
Yes! This is a confidence-booster. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He (God) delights in his way” (Psalms 37:23). When a man’s ways please God, He can make His enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).
Questions and Reflections
I think I am walking righteously, but I don’t see “prosperity” or “fruitfulness” like the tree. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a problem with me?
© Momodu Oyakhilome