MEDITATIONS 16: Psalmoi, Chapter 1 (Psalms)

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners. Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalms 1:1-6)

The Holy Bible, NICJV, Thomas Nelson, Since 1798, Psalm 1:1-6

Lord on highest, praise Your holy name!

If man could be perfect he would represent the man described here. A blessed man who doesn’t listen to the counsel of the ungodly or walks and immolates the actions of sinners. Instead the man finds his pleasure in the Lord and yearns to follow the Lord’s ways, His laws, and seeks His wisdom. Such a man would be plentiful, whether in Heavenly or Earthly treasures. A man described here would be opposite from a sinner who’s ways and rewards are fleeting.

An interesting verse that deserves more study is, “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1:5-6)

**Questions for study**

Does the ungodly stand in judgement at the end?

Do sinners need to face the judgement to be sent to Hell?

What are believers judged for?

When are believers judged?

What are the consequences and or rewards for being judged?

Who will be the judges?

Is there a difference between Gentile and Jewish believers? And, if so, will they be judged different (See Matthew)?

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