Monday, May 31, 2010

Traverse Not With Wickedness - Psalm 1:1

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! (Psalm 1:1)
The word blessed is the hinge upon which the entirety of Psalm 1 hangs. The first three verses portray an image of the blessed man, but the last three verses describe the cursed man.

At the beginning of Psalm 1, three commands are given: First, the reader is instructed to not walk in the counsel of the wicked. Only two groups can be consulted for wisdom in this world: the wicked or the righteous, the worldly or those with their eyes and hearts set on the eternal. Those who are blessed cannot chase after the opinion of the wicked. To walk in and lead a lifestyle in accordance with the counsel of the wicked is a portrait not of the blessed man, but of the cursed man.

The second command given to the reader is to not stand in the path of sinners. Psalm 17:4 states, “I have kept from the paths of the violent"; Psalm 119:104 states, “I hate every false way”— To stand in the path of sinners is to abandon both hatred of error and refuse to enter the way of the righteous. The person who stands in this wayward path sees nothing blatantly wrong about sin and cares not who might be offended by such wickedness.

The third and last command given is to not sit in the seat of scoffers. To sit in the seat implies a person who has taken it upon them self as their duty and profession to sneer and tear down others. Violation of this third command is the sin of a hypocrite who is only able to mock at the failures and shortcomings of others.

How blessed is the man who wants nothing to do with wickedness! He cannot bear to run, leap, walk, stand, sit, or involve himself in any way with any form of sin!

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