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.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
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.
The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Reading this today, I was struck by a revelation about 'the blessed man'; God's
wisdom. The 'blessed man':
*he meditates on the word of the Lord day and night
*his delight is in the law of the Lord~ we are to grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, sharing His word with unbelievers leading them to taste and see the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to come to a saving faith in the word of God.This is our life aim; why we are here on earth.
* he does not take/listen to/walk in/seek/follow the advice of the ungodly/unbelievers
* he does not stand on the same path/in the same ways as sinners stand(doesn't do what they do, doesn't think as they think, not in their clubs, not in their organizations)
*he will be like a tree that brings forth it's fruit in due season .... have you ever been the recipient of very timely advice from a friend,or scriptural understanding God has blessed you with out of the blue to share with a friend? I know you have,because God is always working! They, and you, have brought forth fruit(the fruit of daily meditating on His word day & night, the fruit of a faith worked out through trials, a salvation worked out with trembling)in the due season(right when God knew that you, or this person, needed to hear this word.)
* his leaf will not wither; whatsoever he does will prosper. He is the vine,we are the branches~ we shall not wither because we are plugged into Him, the true vine. Whatever we do will prosper, as long as we are living a life submitted to Christ...
prosperity is honoring the Lord. This does not always mean we will see what we want to come about in a certain situation will happen; it means we will prosper in glorifying the Lord....our chief aim as sinners saved by grace here on this earth.
* The ungodly are not so,but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away~ the ungodly are not plugged into the true vine, into God. They have no roots, no vine to nourish and keep hold of the branches. No God to fetter them to He when their hearts want to wander. They are rootless, protection less. They will be driven away by the wind :( .....
*Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous~ the sinners won't be standing in church worshipping regularly, because they won't want to be there~ their hearts have not changed, have not submitted to Christ. They will come sporadically, and then not at all. They are like chaff that the wind driveth away. This speaks to me of Heaven as well when I read it; the sinners who will not accept God will not be in the congregation of the saved,the righteous,in Heaven. They won't be there!Because they refuse to repent!
* Finally, but defiantly Not last,
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish... The Lord knows our ways as believers. We are in His fold, his sheep that He cares for as our shepherd.He knows us, knows where we are in our lives at all times, protects us, cares for us. More so than all that, he knows our hearts better than we even know our own hearts. He created us; every sinewy nerve and every synapse in our brains; He is responsible for every beating of our hearts; the one who provides us air to breathe and lungs that can breathe the air! he KNOWS our way! Foe this reason, and this reason alone,we will NOT perish! But the ways of the ungodly shall perish: they do not have the shepherd, are not plugged into the true vine!
Does reading this not bring you to a heart of evangelism?
Does meditating on this scripture not bring you to a place of repentance if you are not meditating on His words day & night, if you are indeed listening to and maybe following the advice of the ungodly(the world's ideas, a friend's ideas) and you are belonging to worldly clubs?
Does it not encourage you if you aremeditating on His words day&night, and you haveseen Him work through you, and others you know, watching Him bring forth fruit in due season by bringing scripture to your mind for this person and vice-versa just as it is most needed?
I just loved meditating on this Psalm. It is a great wealth of knowledge,all in a dozen or so little lines of words. If you are a student of Psychology, belonging to the American Psychological Association, and 'helping' hurting families by bringing them the 'wisdom' you find in your textbooks and you glean from your professors and co-workers, might you consider Psalm 8? This way, the way of the world, is not God's way. It is the branch that never rooted into the true vine so it never grew right, or the branch that will fall from the vine after spending too much time in the counsel of the ungodly and will sadly be chaff, driven away by the wind. I used to be a lover of Psychology; I was obsessed with the study of the mind:it was really worship of the mind, the vanity of men(and women)being obsessed with learning about how their own faculties work, worshipping the created thing instead of the creator. I was a Humanist, standing in the ways of the ungodly~ I fed Maslow's theories to the hurting teens that came to me for help. I have repented over that, I was but an unbeliever at the time,and I know that God has forgiven me. But be careful now that, as a believer, you do not fall into the worlds ideas while your giving them advice or waxing philosophic; I have to be on the lookout for this everyday. We all know that our hearts are little Idol Factories. Maybe we want to believe what the world says, that we don't have to spank to train up a child or that it is acceptable to use food to meet that need we cannot identify inside of our hearts~ but that doesn't make it true. Will we give our friends the godly advice we know is the truth, and is what they need, whether they will like it(their ears will be tickled) at the time or not?
God bless you as you seek to walk in the ways of the righteous and serve our Lord and God,our Savior! XOXOXO'S