Last week’s post dealt with Psalm 1:1, and today I want to pick up with verse 2. Verse 1 tells us a person is blessed (happy, content, fulfilled) when he does not adopt the values of others, start to feel home with sin, and eventually leads others to engage in sinful practices.
In contrast to this choice, verse 2 says of the blessed man, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Whereas the other man allowed himself to ponder the potential pleasure his sin might bring, the blessed man loves the Word of God and keeps it on his mind all the time. Now, does that mean he is like a monk, cloistering himself away from everyone and everything so that all he has to do is to pray and meditate? No! This verse refers to the one who reads and studies the Bible, and has allowed it to be his guide as he works, plays, and relates to his family and others. Instead of allowing the seed of temptation to take root in his life, he insulates himself with the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
Note the result of making the right choice – the Biblical choice. Verse 3 says: “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 whither; and whatever he does he shall prosper.”
In brief, this verse tells us that the man’s life was firmly rooted and stable, it was productive, and he was successful in every part of his life. This same result is available to every believer who will make the Bible and God’s Holy Spirit the basis for living their life. Now, be warned: this verse doesn’t mean that you will be rich financially (you might or might not). Your life, however, will be rich in the most important ways . . . love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Sound familiar? Yep, these are the fruit of the Spirit – the product of a life filled with God’s Spirit and guided by His book.
There is the negative side to this psalm as well. Verses 4-6 read: “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, 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.”
No preacher who loves people ever enjoys sharing the message of condemnation upon those who live apart from Christ’s redemption. And yet, it is part of God’s Word and it must be proclaimed. There will come a day when all will be judged by God, and those “in Christ” will be considered righteous, not due to their own righteousness but because Christ’s own righteousness is imputed to those who truly trust in Him. And those not “in Christ” will be cast out of God’s presence and into the very real place called Hell where they will experience eternity separated from God. This isn’t something I like to write about. It isn’t something God likes either. I Timothy 2:3 says, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Next week we will deal with “the knowledge of the truth” and what God has done to make it possible for anyone to be saved from eternal death in hell.”