Welcome back to the third part of our series “Blessed is the Man” where we investigate what it means to be blessed within the context of Psalm one. My name is Kevin Founder and president of Spectacle For Christ International Ministries.
Before we begin our third episode, we want to thank you for joining us, and for your ongoing support of the work we are doing to get the gospel out to the world. It is our call and duty as Christians to proclaim God’s kingdom and I’m happy you are a part of this family. We hope you will enjoy today’s program as we seek to bless you with God’s word.
In our last two episodes, we looked, ask, and answer the questions “Why is he blessed, and why will he stand” and we conclude the righteous are blessed because he received something of value from the Lord. We also concluded the righteous will stand because he obeyed the Lord making proper preparation according to God’s warning. And because he did so, he was able to survive the wrath of God.
In this episode, we will seek to answer the question, “Why will he prosper.” So, we can have a better picture of the Psalm. And to begin our reading, we will once again read Psalm one for context, so we can follow along in the study.
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditates 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 drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
To begin, we want to make the point according to the Psalm, the ungodly will perish, but the righteous will prosper, and to put it into context with the Psalm, the righteous will survive or prosper in the day of judgment because of his obedience.
Both the ungodly and the righteous are under God’s judgment with the difference being that the righteous will escape God’s wrath. He will prosper in the face of judgment not because he is more righteous than the wicked, but because he the righteous was wise to have followed God’s instruction.
Prosperity in the context of the Psalm is not only having substance, but it is also to be able to wait out the storm, to ride out the shaking of the world, and to be able to pick oneself up as we continue in the blessing of God.
As we can see in the Psalm, both men are facing judgment, both men are exposed to God’s wrath, but because the righteous heard God’s voice and count it to be valuable, a blessing, he responded, and upon his response to God’s word survived. As a result of the actions or faith of the righteous, he was blessed, finding himself standing in the face of what he sees, and was able to come out of the judgment safe and secure.
Whatever the righteous sets out to do with his hands, he prospered, not because he was wise by his own knowledge, rather he prospered because he followed God’s instruction on how to escape judgment which counts for his prosperity. He prospered because of God’s blessing, he was able to stand because of God’s instruction, and he prospered because he followed God’s advice.
It is not that the righteous is of more value than the ungodly, both are of equal importance to God, and because they are of equal importance, they both were provided with God’s word. The difference between the ungodly and the righteous is that one chose to rebel, and because of his rebellion was swept away in God’s wrath. However, the righteous unlike the ungodly followed God’s instruction which led to his prosperity.
Thanks again for your support and we hope you will join us next time when we ask the question “what did he receive? Before we sum up our studies of Psalm one with what Jesus has to say concerning these things.
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