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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

  • Patty Tozi
    In this day and age, it seems that there are so many things that people are afraid of. But in the Bible, it tells us for all our fears, to seek the Lord. Seek Him with a humble and open heart. Help me to keep my mind and heart fixed on my GOD!!! Psalm 34:4: " l sought the Lord, and he answered me He delivered me from all my fears." AMEN!!! AMEN!!!! GLORY TO OUR GOD:
  • Allyson Marina Blandin
    Thanks and praise be to the only true and living God for his awesome grace, love and mercy! The psalms are a celebration of God's power, protection and salvation. A.B
  • Lou
    This Psalm is to prepare the listener for a Saviour! For who is this man who can delight so much in God's Law, but God's Own Word! Jesus Christ The Word made Flesh! Amen!
  • Durodola oladele
    Psalm chapter 1 admonishes us that , for us to be blessed, we should abstain from all manners of sin. That we should not be enticed with the activities of workers of iniquities because very soon they soon fade away like chaff. Praise the Lord.
  • RevJJGop
    It's the perfect aid when you need a spiritual lift.
  • Dave
    We are no longer sinners thanks be to Jesus but we are the "RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD" in Christ Jesus! (2 Cor. 5:21) Jesus paid a high price for our freedom from sin! Only sinners sin willfully and longer! Whom the son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:32) We can't be a little bit sinner and a little bit righteous, one or the other.
  • Thelma Chikodinaka
    When we always meditate in the Law Of Jehova, bad influence will never get hold of us. Rather we will enjoy our relationship with God and all the benefits that follows it
  • James Jackson
    in todays world there are sinner or people that to not believe in god as we are all sinners.
  • Ena
    Grateful to live in a country where God is freely worshipped! This Psalms. and the others are a constant source of comfort in my life...God cannot lie...
  • 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!!

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