When we open the book of Psalms and read chapter one and verse one, we are greeted with the story concerning the righteous and how he is considered blessed for avoiding the counsel of the ungodly. But as we read the chapter and verses of the Psalm, we did not bother to ask the obvious questions concerning each of these verses.
And after reading the Pslam, we get the idea, we can inherit God’s blessing if we avoid the counsel of the ungodly. And coming to the end of our meditation on the Psalm, that is Psalm one, we left off determined in our hearts to identify and avoid the counsel of the ungodly.
But do we know what to look for that we might avoid the counsel of the ungodly? I don’t believe so, because there is an underlying theme found throughout the bible we need to consider for us to know what the counsel of the ungodly is for us to be able to avoid it.
Let us examine the main points of Psalm one and what they mean so, we can understand with certainty the message of the Psalmist that we might do what is necessary to save ourselves, and if not us, in the days ahead, the generations after us.
Because the main points of Psalm one and the questions we are to ask ourselves that we might understand the theme of the Psalm and what the counsel of the ungodly is are these:
- What does it mean to be blessed?
- Why was the righteous avoiding the counsel of the ungodly?
- What was and is the counsel of the ungodly?
- Why did the righteous take delight in the law of God?
- Why was the righteous meditating on the Law of God day and night?
And these are but some of the question we will answer in our podcast. Just follow the link below to have a listen to the teaching and message. But at this moment let us read Psalm 1:1. and examine this first verse of the chapter. Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”
Now, why do you believe the righteous was and is considered blessed in this Psalm? Because as we can see, the blessing of the righteous is not on account of reading the law or obeying God’s moral law. Because the moral law has condemned us to death on account of Adam. Therefore, the blessing is the result of obeying God’s instruction because of the penalty and the coming Judgment of God to punish sin.
The result of the blessing, is the escape and survival of the righteous because of the coming judgment. And so that we might prepare for this coming judgment, God provides us the law, which is God’s instruction, not his moral law that we might prepare and survive his second coming by the keeping of the ten commandments that has condemned us to death.
Revelation 1:7 reads concerning the day of the Lord and what it will be like for the world on that day, “Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
The righteous man is said to be blessed because upon realizing he was in danger, the blessed man ignored the counsel of the ungodly, which was to ignore the counsel of God. And because he believed the word of God. He acted upon the law to save his life. Therefore, he was and is a blessed man. The result! He survived the judgement.
Amos 5:18-20 “Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! Because to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?”
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