Certain psalms are so rich and compacted with God’s truth that they are set far apart from others. Psalm 1 is like this. Psalm 1 describes the righteous and wicked and shows the major differences between them. Unlike what some think, the righteous do NOT act like those on the road to eternal torment in fire. Their behavior, speech and goals are all different, in part, because their thought life is centered on God's word. Such people will also have an eternity apart from the norm.
Psalm 1 Verse By Verse Bible Study
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (Psa 1:1)
God declares the above person blessed, even though he is wisely dissimilar and doesn’t follow the crowd. He doesn’t go with the flow, but instead derives his guidance and direction from a source that will yield great spiritual dividends and benefits—the tried and true message of Scripture. He rejects what the wicked, the sinners and the mockers teach—all different descriptions of people on the road to hell. This man is a righteous man—the blessed man—even though here and now he is often lonely, misunderstood and persecuted.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psa 1:2)
While many delight in something temporal and are bored or offended by Scripture, this blessed person delights in the word of God. He loves it. That isn't just shown here in Psalm 1, but other Scriptures too. He thinks about it and contemplates it day and night. His view of Scripture is very high like held by Job, who was the most righteous man on the planet in his day. His thought life is controlled and centered on the big picture, including Judgment Day, as he feeds his spirit with truth.
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He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psa 1:3)
To do what verse 2 describes will yield what verse 3 says—a fruitful life, just like a fruit tree planted by plural streams of water which yields abundant fruit. Such a fruit tree in the natural is a prized possession to the owner. That is just like the person bearing abundant fruit. Many people can benefit and get nourished, not poisoned, by such a blessed person. It is fruit or fire, as far as salvation is concerned.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. (Psa 1:4)
Not all people are the same. Unlike the wise and blessed righteous man, the wicked man is different to his own harm and those he adversely influences and contaminates. He is like chaff, a worthless substance that doesn’t benefit anyone—the opposite of a healthy, abundant fruit-producing tree.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (Psa 1:5)
There will be a separation one day between the wicked (or the sinners) and righteous people. There is no universal salvation for all. MOST will perish, according to the ultimate authority (Mt. 7:13,14).
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For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psa 1:6)
Only two types of people exist, as far as God is concerned. It has nothing to do with race or sex, but everything to do with the purity of one’s heart.
For religious people to say they are not righteous is, therefore, to identify themselves with the wicked. The wicked will be damned, but the righteous will inherit the earth and God’s kingdom to enjoy great peace and joy in the presence of their God. Dear reader, which type can you identify with? Are you a real Christian, according to the Bible? That is the all-important salvation issue. According to Psalm 1, are you a blessed and righteous person or not?
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