How to live a Godly Life. (Psalm 1)
Verse 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 scorners.”
Who are the ungodly? The ungodly are people who are not with God. They reject the rule of an Almighty God over their lives. They also don’t believe in God and want nothing to do with Him. An ungodly person can also be “good” person, doing all the right things, but still completely separated from God.
If you are in constant contact with ungodly people and are best friends with them then you will slowly be drawn down to their level and find youself out of the will of the Lord. Now it is virtually impossible not to be in their presence as we are still in the world. We are not to “counsel” with them – not to take their advice that contradicts the way we are live, or supposed to live, as fully committed Christians.
It does not mean that we are getting in the way of sinners!To stand in the way of sinner here means a path. It means your walk along the way of life in the company of sinners Because of the fall of Adam it is human nature to sin. “The wages of sin is death” That is why Paul constantly reminds us to walk in righteousness. If you are always seen in their company then, rightly or wrongly, others will class you with them. It reminds me of a motto I learned many years ago:
You can’t fly with the eagles if you scratch with the turkeys.
2 John 1:9-11: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (10) If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: (11) For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Be very careful of friends and others who scorn your walk with God or scorn and hold God in contempt. Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap.”
Verse 2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law doth he meditate.”
Delight means to be pleased with something. It also means to be very happy – intensely happy. What are we to be happy about? The instructions of the Lord! If there is no law in the country we live in then there can be no penalty for what we do. This just ends up in anarchy and absolute chaos because everyone is allowed to do just as he or she pleases, with no consequences.
God is a God of order (witness the order of and in the heavens) and He wants all to live in peace and security and love one another. Hence the Law (10 Commandments) and all the regulations. We have all been given a free will so it it up to the individual to either accept or reject God’s instructions. Wherever we eventually end up in our lives is no fault of God’s, as it is the result of our own free-will decisions that we wrongly or rightly make.
Now. In order to make the right decisions for our life we need to read the Word and meditate on them. Psalm 119 says in verse 11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Also in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
It is to our benefit and safety that we meditate in the Word. We need to counter Satan the way Jesus did = “It is written.” This way we do not fall foul of God’s instructions for our life.
The Scriptural way of meditating is not the occult way, such as in yoga, transscendental or any other eastern type that is sold so extensively to us over the media and in schools today. The eastern way requires us to empty our minds whereas the Scriptural way for the Christian is to FILL our mind with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16, “ we have the mind of Christ.” Isaiah also confirms this. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.” (Isa 26:3)
How do you fill yourself with the mind of Christ ? Read what I just said about Psalm 119, a few paragraphs back.
Verse 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.
Here we have word pictures. A graphical presentation of a deeper meaning. A comparison against something that God has designed and placed on earth for a reason
Jesus told the woman at the well in Sumaria that He was the Living Water.and if she drank of it she would have everlasting life and never be thirsty again! In a desert a tree has to battle to survive, but when it’s roots are in the water it is secure for the rest of its life. Are you thirsty for that Living Water? Have you drank of it?
At the Temple for the Feast of Tabernacles, just as the priest was about to perform the ritual of pouring the water, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38) Imagine the consternation that caused among the priests!!
Without water the leaves will wither and fall off the tree. Reminds me of Revelation 22:1-2, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
If our feet are not planted in this river then we cannot produce the fuit we should produce. We are to be healthy leaves and heal the nations by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you want God to prosper you?
Verse 4 “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”
The ungodly do not want God in their lives and who do not have their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The only way to have your name in the Book is to call on Jesssus, believe that He is the Son of God, that He died for your sins, was crucified, died and was buried, that He rose again after 3 days and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.
When wheat is threshed, the whole seeds fall to the ground and the chaff (useless part) is blown away by the wind. Reminds me of the parable of the wheat and the tares. That day is coming very close, and very soon, when the wheat (believers in Jesus) will be separated from the tares (the ungodly) at the Rapture.
The ungodly can try very hard to be entered into the Book of Life, but works alone is of no help. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Verse 5 “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”
There are 2 judgments mentioned in the Bible.
There is the Judgment Seat of Christ, 2 Cor 5:10; “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone [and he is speaking to believers only here] may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whethere it be good or bad.”
And then there is the Great White Throne. Revelation 20:11-12, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled awy; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead [remember, the saints have already been removed at the rapture and are with Christ in heaven] , small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened.; and another book was opened, which is the book of life:and the dead were judged out of these things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
Verse 15 is the punch line: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
I want you to take special note here where it talks about one of the books being the book of life. This judgment has NOTHING to do with the already raptured saints. The one book is for the ungodly and the other for the saints who died during the Great Tribulation. Only those names who were in the book of life stayed where they were and all the rest were cast into the lake of fire for all eternity. The saints mentioned here are they [the beheaded ones] who came to Jesus through and during the tribulation period. I sincerely hope you will be among those who go through the rapture and not through the tribulation period – the time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Verse 6 “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Psalm 94:11, “The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man …”
Isaiah 55:7-8, “Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
Nothing you and I do is kept secret from the Lord, He is all-knowing, as well as omnipresent. Your very thoughts are known to him. If that’s the case then why do we need to pray to God? God created us to be companions to Him. Adam and Eve used to talk to God in the cool of the evening. They spoiled that for us. We can still have an intimate relationship with Him by just talking normally to Him and with prayer. He still loves our companionship.
However there is the other side of the equation:
Let’s read Ezekiel 8:7-12, “And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then he said unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Ja’azaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, evey man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.”
It is impossible to hide anything from the Lord. While on earth, even Jesus knew the thoughts of those about him
There is reason why this Psalm is at the very beginning – It sets the tone for the rest of the Psalms and it also warns us to live a godly life (Read my book on the Godly Life of Daniel).
This Psalm is split into two parts:
The first 3 verses – Blessedness of the Saints
The last 3 verses – The End for the Ungodly
Are you a tree planted with your roots in the Living Water or
Are you in the desert still not acting on Jesus’ invitation?
IMPORTANT QUESTION In which half do you live?