Psalms 1:1 “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.”
This is an amazing verse…..right at the beginning of the Psalms, God shows us about our walk….
….about our stand in the world….
….and about our friendships.
“Blessed” means twice our happiest moment…..”how happy!”
[I want to talk just for a moment about God blessing us. When I was a child, I used to think God blessed us when we had extra money so we kids could manage to have a treat….after the bills were paid.
Sometimes I think Christians think like this, too. We think of reward…..when God thinks of provision….in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
When God speaks of blessings, He speaks of “all blessings”…..spiritual (the perfections of His character worked within us, for our help and glory)…..
…..and temporal (those things which we need, and want.)
When God blesses us…..He does so that we might know His presence and His care for us…..HIs smile upon us….
……and be satisfied [I would like to emphasis this].
Satisfaction means that our hearts are full…..we do not need or want anything more. God’s blessing,….if we receive them right….. gives us this satisfaction]
The Psalms are an oasis…where we can rest and drink the water of life….learning from the experience and songs of others.
They set forth the experience of every believer.
There are highs….full of praise and deliverance. Promises which we can grab a hold on…..for now and in the future.
There are agonizing cries for deliverance from sin and enemies.
The Psalms show us…that there are ways open, for fellowship with God…in all life’s circumstances….and they encourage the heart.
But at the beginning of all of this…..God sets forth the Way of life, for all who will believe Him….and have His blessing….His true satisfaction.
Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly….”
The first thing is our walk. This is our everyday going out into the world.
We are not to act like the world acts….
….The “counsel of the ungodly”.
Ungodly here means “unsettled”.
They have no purpose….but follow their temptations….wherever they lead.
They walk by no certain rule….but their own wants.
Proverbs 1:10-11, 14-15 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
If they say, come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:”
We belong to God, and have a great purpose…to love and honor God….to do His Will…
…so the righteous will not,….really can not walk “in their counsel”.
Believers will follow the Word of God,…and walk in the light. (1John 1:7)
This then, is the everyday walk of the blessed.
Proverbs 4:11-12 “I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have lead thee in the right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest thou shalt not stumble.”
We should not stand “in the way of sinners….”
Our “stand” is where we fight our battles……what we think is worth fighting for.
And we should not stand in the way of sinners…..the way of open rebellion against God.
It is true we are all sinners….saved sinners and lost sinners.
But the term here is “criminal”…..meaning a deliberate, open choice to not do God’s Will.
Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, (There is) no God….”
But we should stand against evil…..the Lord’s Way….whether by words of testimony or contending for the faith (Jude 3)….using the Word of God as our foundation.
“..nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
The scornful make a joke of God, and of sin….defying God in it. (Galatians 6:7)
This is a seat we never want to have…..no matter what influence or promotion comes with it.
This “sitteth” means that they have made a settled decision of life, to say,…no God.
But as the righteous, we have a “seat”…..in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
We “sit” in Christ in the heavenlies, where is power and authority before the throne of God…..and He is in us, here…manifesting that power and authority in us and through us.
All of these are temptations we come into contact with as Christians…..
But….the righteous man….turns from these.
We are not to take the measure of ourselves , by the world’s scales….
……but measuring ourselves by the Word of God.
Psalm 1:2-3 “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 bring forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Blessed is the man that makes the Word of God his meditation….
(Meditation means that the Bible is read, prayed over….thought on….till the power of that Word takes hold in our lives.)
Here is counsel that should be followed…..(the Word of God)…
…..a stand in faith (like a tree with roots, holding on to God)….
……a place to stand on (the banks of the river of grace)….
…..and a seat of peace and blessing….in Christ, here and now.
Are we seeking God’s true blessing and satisfaction?