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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

  • Thomas Pradeep
    the broader perspective of this passage is that we must not have friendship with the world and its pleasures. We can talk to sinner and sit with them but whats the objective of that indulgence, is it for pleasure and enjoyment like most people do or is it to change their life and show them true light.
    Intension of our heart is what God sees.
    Wonderful psalm by brother David!!
  • Lynne
    Jesus Christ is my life. He is the way,
    the truth and the light.. I put my trust
    and faith in him. He say I will never
    leave you or forsake you. I love him
    with all my heart and soul.
  • Michael
    V3 "whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" I suspect the prospering part of the promise includes intangible things like joy, peace, and happiness more so than worldly riches. All the martyrs down through time come to mind. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Tim 3:12. I'm okay with suffering now and prospering later.
  • Vanessa
    If you walk, sit amongst and take up counsels with sin, we have a desire to sympathize with their ways , wanting to see their reason, human nature, but then we except their sin, so best to let them see the light in you and not justify their sin for truth, all sinners have a right to salvation Jesus paid that price. If they cant be lead pray for them. Christ died for all sinners,not the righteous
  • Bruce
    We are to Tell Others what Christ has Done in Our Lives. And How They can be Washed by The Blood of The Lamb(Revelation 1:5) It's not so Much that We are Hanging with them. The Lost Will Not Want to be Around Us Very Long. If You Really Belong to The Saviour. Christ was with The Lost Often(Luke 7:34) Letting His Light Shine.
  • Patricia Baker
    verse 2- a believer enjoys,, and is happy in doing what the word of God says, and he thinks on it day and night. verse 3-one that reads and thinks on the word of God will be strong like a tree that receives nourishment from water, and the believer will tell others about the word and both will grow, and the things that he does will be of value. verse 4- the lost person is without lasting value
  • Patricia Baker
    We should not (as a believer)take advice from the lost person, hang out with them, or be where they will make light of the things of God and salvation.
  • Charles
    Boy this chapter hit me like a ton of bricks a couple of years ago : I was always told growing up in church to read the Bible daily yet verse three says we aught to be meditating on his Word day and night not just once a day and if we do what we do shall prosper !!! But of course you must also be doing verse one which is not hanging out with sinners or scornful people !!!

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