The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.
Nor dsit in the seat of scoffers!
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its 2leaf does not wither;
4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like achaff which the wind drives away.
Nor sinners in cthe assembly of the righteous.
But the way of bthe wicked will perish.
When we submit ourselves to prayer and studying God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us many things as we walk in Christ. In this passage God lays out a plan for us if we will follow His advice. The first advice God gives us is to separate ourselves from the love of the world and the vices of the world that can hold us captive. We are told not to walk in the ways of the wicked and we are not to be influenced by the wicked. In the beginning of this Psalm, God is laying a foundation showing us how to know God’s will in our life. The first thing we must do is learn to love Him more than we love ourselves.
God tells us to study and meditate upon His Word. God wants to occupy our mind with His Word vs. having our minds poisoned with the ways of the wicked. When we open ourselves up to prayer, study, and meditation then God’s Word becomes delightful and we want to learn more about God and His grace. By pondering and thinking about the Word of God, we will grow in our walk with Christ. The Bible says,”He will be like a tree planted by firmly planted by streams of water,” when we meditate on God’s Word. Notice the words “firmly” and “streams” when the Bible is referring to our growth and God’s work in us. By being firmly planted means we will not easily be moved because we are near the living Word of the Lord. When we are at this point with our walk with Christ, this is when Jesus will really start working in us for His glory. Notice in verse 3 “Which yields its fruit in its season” and how God reveals to us that He does things in His timing and not ours. It’s our responsibility to pray, study, and meditate upon God’s grace and His Word. In time God the Holy Spirit will teach us and put us on a path showing us His will for our life. In this we will see the manifestation of “And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does he prospers” in how God gives us peace and understanding. This does not mean that we will have wealth, etc… because this passage is referring to our walk with Christ and how to grow as Christians.
If we take God at His word in Psalm 1, we will mature as Christians and grow in the joy of the Lord’s salvation. We will live a life that gives glory to Christ no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in as we journey through life. We will live in a way that strengthens us against personal sin by putting God’s Word in our mind as well as our heart. We cannot do too much Bible study and we cannot put too much of God’s Word in our mind. I literally cringe when I hear pastors rants against Bible study using the excuse that Bible study hinders Christians spreading the Gospel because we are spending too much time studying God’s Word instead of reaching people for Christ. I wonder if these pastors have ever read Psalm 1 and how the Lord said that we will yield fruit in it’s season? The more of the Word we put into our mind and heart, the more the Holy Spirit will work through us to reach the lost.
bPs 5:9, 10; 10:2–11; 36:1–4
cPs 17:4; 119:104
dPs 26:4, 5; Jer 15:17
aPs 119:14, 16, 35
dPs 63:5, 6
aPs 92:12–14; Jer 17:8; Ezek 19:10
3Or all that he does prospers
bGen 39:2, 3, 23; Ps 128:2
aJob 21:18; Ps 35:5; Is 17:13
bPs 9:7, 8, 16
cPs 89:5, 7
1Or approves or has regard to
aPs 37:18; Nah 1:7; John 10:14; 2 Tim 2:19
bPs 9:5, 6; 11:6
New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ps 1:1-6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.