Summary: a look at the two paths of the Bible and which one God rewards
THE WISDOM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Text: Ps. 1
1.One of the first passages of Scripture I ever memorized was Psalm 1
2. It is packed full of picture and teaching and still holds a special place in my heart.
3. Let’s look at it together.
4. As is true throughout the Bible, it presents two paths
I. THE RIGHTEOUS
A. Are separated: v. 1
1. the verb tense signifies “has not” it is a daily practice
2. hasn’t/doesn’t walk (accompany) in the counsel of the
wicked—pays no heed to the guidance of those who bow to no
authority but their own.
3. doesn’t stand in the path of sinners---There is no presence in
the company of those who violate the will of God
4. doesn’t sit in the seat of the scoffers—depicts the final, settled
and comfortable position in the company of those who are
skeptics, scoffers, confirmed in their opposition of
5. Cf. Lot---chose the valley, was later found sitting in the city
gate of the city against whom cries had reached God’s ears.
B. they are saturated v. 2
1. His delight is in the law of the Lord
2. His delight, his pleasure is the law of the Lord, not the advice
and counsel of the ungodly
3. He meditates on it day and night---constant study and
reflection of God’s revealed will, resulting in a daily way of life
C. they are situated v. 3
1. The psalmist uses the analogy of a tree planted by the river
2. Water is a very precious commodity, it is life
3. Four characteristics of the righteous life:
a. fixed---stable secure—planted,
b. fruitful---producing in season
c. flowering---the leaves shall not wither, alive at all times
d. fulfilling---whatever he does prospers, He fulfills God’s
II. NOT SO THE WICKED
A. They are like chaff driven by the wind
1. not rooted, grounded, productive
2. not beneficial, they are the husks
3. The manifest no characteristics of righteousness
B. they will not stand in judgment nor in the assembly.
1. The wicked and sinner will fall under the judgment and harsh
realities of life.
2. They cannot/will not stand in the assembly of the righteous,
they have no place among those who live by God’s law; they
have removed themselves from that.
3. God’s judgment v. 6 The Lord watches over the righteous,
the wicked will perish.
III. THE WISDOM OF PSALM 1
A. Recognize the two paths---as always
1. proverbs—wisdom and folly
2. Jesus---wide and narrow
B. which you walk is your choice
1. the wise, the righteous choose not to accompany those
opposed to the law and life of God’s instruction
2. the wicked, the scoffers & sinners have made that choice and
follow their own way.
C. The difference is clear:
1. the righteous fulfill God’s desire
2. the wicked will fulfill their own.
D. a note on the prosperity of the righteous:
1. it doesn’t mean they will always live in favorable conditions—
i.e. Daniel, Job, David, Paul
2. it doesn’t mean that everything engaged in will succeed—
Noah didn’t convert anyone,
Jeremiah didn’t either