Psalm 1

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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. edit

2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. edit

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. edit

4: The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. edit

5: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. edit

6: For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. edit

This is a wisdom psalm, presenting a beautifully presented sermon. This psalm is placed at the beginning of the book of Psalms to provide a homiletic introduction to the whole collection.

It recommends that one who wished the prosperity of God stay away from the wicked, who will only obtain the judgment of God.

Wicked— Not necessarily those who do evil, but those who reject the law of God as an option. They might follow their own concept of "good", but ultimately reject God as a means of prosperity. The "sinner" is one who neglects to obey God's stated will in his law. The "scoffer" is one who mocks the way of God in order to convince others to follow his preferred path.

Righteous— This is not necessarily the one who always does what is good, certainly not the perfect. Rather, this is the one who is always focused on God, looking for His prosperity and His blessing. The righteous one knows he will obtain this prosperity by living God's lifestyle, as found in his law.

Ends— The ways and means produce the ends. The way of the wicked results in God's judgment in the community of God's people. The way of the righteous results in God's blessing, which includes God's special attention and leadership in the community of God's people.

Symbols— The main symbol of the righteous is the tree. This tree is planted by a stream-- which is God's law— which makes him powerful and allows him to grow fruit and leaves, which are the blessings of God. The main symbol of the wicked is chaff, the unneeded remains of wheat. This chaff is so light that the slightest breeze blows it away. Even so, the wicked has no stability, but is cast aside in judgment.

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