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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.

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

  • Art KC
    We are living in the end times. I believe that. We are surrounded on every side by arrogant, scornful, ungodly sinners. If we're not careful, it's easy to get caught up in all their rhetoric, and actions. In verse 2 is our safety. We must not only read his word, but meditate in it night and day; and let it transform our thinking, and actions. Live in the Bible!
  • K. Hill Browning
    I used to just read Psalms, but now I pray the Psalms. No matter what condition I find myself in, there is a Psalm that answers, in praise and glory, to God, through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit's guidance. Thank you Lord!
  • Dr. Per Jensen
    I LOVE THE BIBLE GOD HAS GIVEN TO US
  • A disciple
    Treasure; You have my prayers and I have already asked the Lord to help you and deliver you safely out of any bad situation. We do not have to just let evil and un-repenting people misuse us and then say to us, Oh you're suppose to be a Christian! It is not a license for mean and ugly people to have a free for all on our account. We do seek their good and turn the other cheek but are also prudent.
  • Lisa
    The bible is the best book on earth...psalms is my favorite book...but the whole bible is wonderful. ..:)
  • Treasure
    Im asking for prayer today ...I smon an abusive situation with spouse ...please prayer that God will open a door for me to live a heathly environment...to remove my abusive husband from my life ...to give strength to say ..I will not take anymore abuse ...this is not what God want marriage to be ...
  • Barbi
    That we all may be one as Jesus prayer to the Father has said
    John 17: 22
  • Barbi
    Like it says in Psalms 1:1 b... nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
    Not stitng full of scorn and what is better?
    Loving.
    Not being harsh.
    Only remember Christ in You ,
    Colossians 1: 27 b
    Christ in You, the hope of glory.

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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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