Psalm 1 :: The Way of the Righteous and the Ungodly


Psalm 1:6 records “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” While this is a verse that contrasts the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly and calls to attention the result of the way of the ungodly, it is also a verse that indicates the omniscience of God. Proverbs 5:21 states that the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord and the Lord ponders (examines) all the ways of man. God’s eyes are on the way of the righteous and God will instruct and teach them in the way that they should go (Psalm 32:8); a way that leads to life and not to destruction (perishing).

Points to ponder:
Are you/I being instructed and guided by God? Is his eyes on you and me? For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1:6 (KJV)
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

1 Peter 3:12 (KJV)
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

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Psalm 1: Will not stand in judgment / congregation


Psalm 1:5 read “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Because the ungodly are like chaff that the wind blows away to be burned in an unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12), they will not stand in the judgment, but the verse does not stop there, it goes on to state that the sinner (willful) will not stand in the congregation of the righteous.

The Bible records that it is appointed unto man, once to die and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). This means that all of the dead, which includes the believers (both spiritual and carnal) and unbelievers (ungodly) will stand before God and be judged (justified) based on their works (James 2:24) recorded in the books (Revelation 20:12-13). Then a book, which is the book of life is opened and the one whose name is not recorded in the book of life is cast into the lake of fire, which is second death (Revelation 20:14-15).

Who are those who will be cast into the lake of fire? It is not just the unbeliever (ungodly) who chooses to reject and despise Jesus, unrepentant of their sins, but it is also the believer who chooses to willingly live a sinful life (walking according to the flesh), despite the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29). Jesus said, he will not blot out the name of the ones who overcome (who don’t deny Christ Jesus before men, by their lips or lives (Titus 1:16)), from the book of life (Revelation 3:5). implying that the names were recorded in the book of life, when they believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, but it can be blotted out, if they fall away in their faith and not overcome. The Bible is very clear that if a believer willfully lives a sinful life, and walks not according to Spirit but according to the flesh (Romans 8:1), after the knowledge of Salvation found in Jesus Christ, then there remains no more sacrifice by which that believer can be saved, because they have trampled under foot the Son of God, and counted the blood of his covenant, which brings about the remission of all sin, as an unholy thing (Hebrews 10:26-29). Such a carnal believer (sinner) can only look forward to a certain fearful judgment and fiery indignation, being condemned in the lake of fire as their names will be blotted out and this sinner will not stand in the congregation of the righteous.

Points to ponder:
Let us not be ungodly, but let us believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of our sins and if we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and confessed of our sins, let us not continue to willfully sin against him, lest we be counted among those who are cast into the lake of fire and not be able to stand in the congregation of the righteous.

Psalm 1:5 (KJV)
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Hebrews 10:26-29 (KJV)
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Revelation 3:4-5 (KJV)
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Titus 1:16 (KJV)
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Psalm 1 :: Like the chaff which the wind drives away


Psalm 1:4 states that the ungodly are like the chaff that the wind drives away. Who are the ungodly? The ungodly are those who cast away the law of the LORD of hosts and who despise the word of the Holy One, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 5:24), despite the Spirit of grace (Hebrew 10:29).

While this may seem like a casual warning to those who are ungodly, this verse packs in it serious repercussions and a terrible fate to all who are not part of the Kingdom of God. Daniel 2:35 establishes that the kingdoms of the world will be broken into pieces and become like chaff and carried away by the wind, when Jesus’ kingdom is established to fill the whole earth. Whoever does not repent and become part of the kingdom of God which is at hand as Jesus asked to (Matthew 4:17) , will be carried by the wind that comes from the fan that is in Jesus’ hand and burned like chaff with an unquenchable fire (hell fire) but those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and repented of their evil ways, shall be gathered like wheat into God’s kingdom when he returns to reign (Matthew 3:11-12).

Points to ponder:
The ungodly are like chaff that the wind drives away. The chaff is good for nothing but to be blown and burned. Let us lay hold on to the law of the LORD of hosts and let us not despise him, but let us believe in Jesus and repent, so that we are not counted as the ungodly!

Psalm 1:4 (KJV)
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Daniel 2:34-35 (KJV)
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Matthew 3:10-12 (KJV)
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Psalm 1 :: By rivers of water, fruitful and unwithering


The Bible teaches us that “The blessed man is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, who brings forth his fruit in his season, and his leaves does not wither and in whatsoever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:3).

A tree that is planted by the rivers of water implies that the tree has perpetually proximity to water, which is a primary source of its life. Jesus said, I am the resurrection and THE LIFE (John 11:25) and his Holy Spirit is the living water that flows out of those who have believed and received Jesus Christ (John 4:13-14). A blessed man, is one who is perpetually in proximity to Jesus Christ, the author and personification of life.

Not only is he watered by the Holy Spirit of God, the blessed man is also fruitful in his mission of reconciling God to man. Just as a mango tree will bear only mango fruit and not any other kind of fruit, the fruit of a believing blessed person and can only be another believer who will also be blessed. Unlike the fig tree that was worthless to the owner of the vineyard, but fit only to be cut down for being fruitless (Luke 13:6-9), the man who is fruitful brings joy to the owner of the vineyard, producing many others who believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; much fruit in thirty, sixty and hundredfold.

Additionally, just as leaves are a source of medicine that brings healing (Revelation 22:12; Ezekiel 47:12), the blessed man is unwithering in his mission of bringing healing to the nations; healing from the sickness of sin and the power of death, by pointing others to Jesus Christ, the master physician and healer of all mankind.

Psalm 1:3 (KJV)
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.

Psalm 1 :: Meditate in God’s law continually


How are the blessed? The blessed are the ones who meditate in the law of the Lord, day and night. In other words, the minds of the blessed is pondering over God’s expectation of them continually, lest they fail in any one of them and cause him displeasure (Exodus 20:13-14; 2 Samuel 11:27). How is it that those who continually meditate in the law of God are blessed? This is because, God keeps in perfect peace, all those whose minds are fixed on him (Isaiah 26:3)

Points to ponder:
Do you meditate in the law of the Lord, day and night (continually)? Do you have perfect peace? When our minds are fixed on Jesus and his words, then there is no room for anything else that can distract us and cause him displeasure.

Psalm 1:2 (KJV)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

Psalm 1 :: Delight in the law of the Lord


How are the blessed? The blessed are the ones who delight in the law of the Lord, for in keeping them there is great reward (Psalm 19:9-11). In other words, their source of joy is in fearing God and keeping his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13), which is the whole duty of man. Their delight is in “THE LIGHT” of the world, Jesus Christ, who will reward everyone, according as their work shall be (Revelation 22:12).

Points to ponder:
Who (not what) is your source of joy? Do yo delight in the law of the LORD? Do you delight in “THE LIGHT” of the world, Jesus Christ? 

Psalm 1:2 (KJV)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

Psalm 1 :: Blessed is he who sits …


Who is the one that is blessed? Psalm 1 states Blessed is the one who sits not in the seat of the scornful. Thesaurus lists the words “humble” and “meek” as antonyms to the word “scornful. Who is the one who sits not in the seat of the scornful? It is he/she that sits in the seat of the humble. In other words, “Blessed is the one who sits in the seat of the humble.”  The humble are those who have the very mind of Jesus Christ, who being God, thought that it was not right to be made equal with God and so humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even death on the Cross (Philippians 2:5-8).

Points to ponder:
Are you seated with the mind of Jesus Christ, obedient with all humility? Are you blessed in the seat you sit  …? Blessed is he/she who sits in the seat of the humble.

Psalm 1:1 (KJV)
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.