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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.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

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.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Commentary for Psalms 1

David was the penman of most of the psalms, but some evidently were composed by other writers, and the writers of some are doubtful. But all were written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; and no part of the Old Testament is more frequently quoted or referred to in the New. Every psalm either points directly to Christ, in his person, his character, and offices; or may lead the believer's thoughts to Him. And the psalms are the language of the believer's heart, whether mourning for sin, thirsting after God, or rejoicing in Him. Whether burdened with affliction, struggling with temptation, or triumphing in the hope or enjoyment of deliverance; whether admiring the Divine perfections, thanking God for his mercies, mediating on his truths, or delighting in his service; they form a Divinely appointed standard of experience, by which we may judge ourselves. Their value, in this view, is very great, and the use of them will increase with the growth of the power of true religion in the heart. By the psalmist's expressions, the Spirit helps us to pray. If we make the psalms familiar to us, whatever we have to ask at the throne of grace, by way of confession, petition, or thanksgiving, we may be assisted from thence. Whatever devout affection is working in us, holy desire or hope, sorrow or joy, we may here find words to clothe it; sound speech which cannot be condemned. In the language of this Divine book, the prayers and praises of the church have been offered up to the throne of grace from age to age.

The holiness and happiness of a godly man. (1-3) The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason of both. (4-6)

1-3 To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. For this purpose no time is amiss.

4-6 The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly!

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 1

  • Thomas E Snead
    Hi my friend I would like to find God for a new life
  • Billy Meyer
    God gives us a progression of the downward spiral of the unsanctified life: walking in the council of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, sitting in the seat of the scornful. In Ephesians, God gives us the formula for a victorious life in Christ: SIT down in Christ( rest from all your labors to save your self). WALK worthy of the Lord in a separated walk, STAND true to our Calling.
  • Sharon Jones
    Thank you Lord that whenever I am standing in the way of the scornful. My angels are standing right there with me, Hallelujah!!!!
  • MICHAEL
    God's Word will also bring him glory ! And his word will be a Standard to live up too. Amen
  • Lee echols
    We must be careful to avoid the advice of evil people and not be led by those that have not given their lives to Lord who paid the price for us to have a way to eternal life. It is his example we must follow daily, and not those that seek life and approval of the world.
  • Steve morrow
    JUDE 1:14 AND ENOCH ALSO THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM PROPHESIED OF THESE SAYING BEHOLD THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS 1:15 TO EXECUTE JUDGEMENT UPON ALL AND TO CONVINCE ALL THAT ARE UNGODLY AMONG THEM OF ALL THEIR UNGODLY DEEDS WHICH THEY HAVE UNGODLY COMMITTED AND OF ALL THEIR HARD SPEECHES WHICH UNGODLY SINNERS HAVE SPOKEN AGAINST HIM 1:16 THESE ARE MURMURERS COMPLAINERS WALKING AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS AND THEIR MOUTH SPEAKETH GREAT SWELLING WORDS HAVING MANS PERSONS IN ADMIRATION BECAUSE OF ADVANTAGE-------PSALM 26:4 I HAVE NOT SAT WITH VAIN PERSONS NEITHER WILL I GO IN WITH DISSEMBLERS 26:5 I HAVE HATED THE CONGREGATION OF EVILDOERS AND WILL NOT SIT WITH THE WICKED-------PSALM 31:24 BE OF GOOD COURAGE AND HE SHALL STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART ALL YOU THAT HOPE IN THE LORD

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Psalm 1 says a man is blessed who doesn't walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the _________?
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