Psalms Chapter 1
1 Blessed is the man who doesn't walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand on the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the LORD's law. On his law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.
- Verse 2 (LORD)
- When rendered in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, "LORD" or "GOD" is the translation of God's Proper Name.
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Psalms Chapter 1 Guide
The master thought of this psalm is the law of Jehovah. The obedient and disobedient are placed in sharp contrast. This contrast is vividly seen by bringing together the first and last words of the psalm-"blessed," "perish." The former word describes the issue of obedience; the latter, the result of disobedience. The conditions of blessedness are stated negatively and positively. Negatively, there must be complete separation from fellowship with those who are disobedient. The graduation in description must not be omitted; "walketh," "standeth," "sitteth"; "counsel," "way," "seat"; "wicked," "sinners," ''scornful." The positive condition is twofold delight and meditation in the Law. Moreover, this must be continuous, "day and night."
The experience of the blessed is described under the figure of a tree bearing fruit, with evergreen leaf. Moreover such a man prospers in all he does. Then comes the contrast. Let the statement, "The wicked are not so," be considered in the light of all that has been said, that is, in the former part of the psalm cancel the negations where they stand and insert them where they are not. The condition of the wicked is then summarized and the contrast is perfected. Instead of the tree planted, they are chaff driven away. They will be unable to stand the test of judgment, and therefore are excluded from the assembly of the righteous.
The psalm ends with a summary. "The way of the righteous" is known to Jehovah. "The way of the wicked" perishes, that is, runs out, and is lost in the desert.
From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.
Psalms Chapter 1 Commentary
- 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)
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.
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!
From the "Concise Commentary on the Bible" by Matthew Henry.