The Book of Psalms – Author: Anonymous
The book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps the most widely used book in the Bible. The Psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments and served as the temple hymnbook and devotional guide for the Jewish people.
The word for psalms in Hebrew is “Tehilim,” which means “praise.” More than one-third of the collection is made up of prayers to God. Therefore, it contains both hymns and prayers that were used in the context of Israel’s worship.
Verse 1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
The very first verse tells us how to be blessed. It is those who diligently try to obey God’s ways. They take their guidance and instruction from God’s Word. They are also blessed because they don’t sit among those who continually mock God – the scornful.
Verse 2 – But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Those who want to meditate on God, must know what His Word says in order to follow His ways. The law of the Lord means all scripture of the Bible. The more we delight in God, the more fruitful we become. On the other hand, the more we associate with those who ridicule God, affecting our attitudes and thoughts, the more we will draw back from the very thing that will nourish us.
Verse 3 – He (the blessed man) shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Bearing fruit is a metaphor used throughout scripture. It refers to the result of a spirit filled life. Prospering does not mean that the blessed man will never have failures in his life. It simply means; when we apply God’s wisdom to our attitudes, decisions, and thoughts, the end result, fruit, will be good. When we are firmly rooted and grounded in God’s word, we will produce good things in its time (season). But remember, God knows, more than we do when that due season is.
Verse 4 – The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Chaff is the outer shell (or husk) that must be removed to get at the kernels of grain inside. Chaff was removed by a process called threshing and winnowing. Chaff is very light and carried away, even by the slightest wind while the good grain falls back to the earth. In this verse chaff is a picture of the faithless life that floats along without direction. We choose whether we want to be useful and faithful or not.
Verse 5 – Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Survive the judgment is literally “rise up in the judgement.” Since the ungodly didn’t apply God’s truth to their lives, they will not be able to rise up, defend themselves,in judgement, in this life or the next.
Verse 6 – For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, bu the way of the ungodly shall perish.
God knows our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him. This last verse shows two ways to live: God’s protection for the righteous and disaster or ruin for the ungodly. We choose.