Blessed is the man...
Last week in this section we looked at a verse that is widely known, but often taken out of context. Today, we will look at a verse that may not be as well known, but goes along in the theme of our previous discussion - contentment or happiness.
Psalm 1 starts with "
." The word blessed here can be translated to happy. Last week we saw that the word content is another word for being happy, and that Philippians 4:13 tells us that we should be content in knowing the sufficiency of Christ even during the trials we will face throughout life.
So now we will take a look at what this individual that is blessed, or content/happy, in knowing Christ will stay away from in their walk with Christ.
1. They will "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly." The ungodly here are those that refuse to believe in God or Christ, we know them as atheist.
2. They will not "standeth in the way of sinners." But aren't we all sinners? Yes, but this text is referring to those that willfully violate God's commandments. As born again believers we will fall to temptation from time to time, but we will not willfully walk in sin without hesitation.
3. They will not "sitteth in the seat of the scornful." This is referring to those that treat God with contempt and tempt others to fall into wicked lifestyles.
We can see here that those that start to involve themselves in this kind of lifestyle will worsen over time. They start off walking with unbelievers, then standing with those that openly and willfully sin without care, and finally sit with those that mock God and invite others to live in an ungodly way.
Let's remember though that this is describing those that are not blessed. Those that are not content or happy in Christ. Psalm 1 verse 1 shows us the type of lifestyle the "blessed man" stays away from. In other words, if you are content in Christ you will not want to be involved with these things.
Next week we will look at Psalm 1 verses 2 and 3 to see what this blessed, or content/happy, individual does involve themselves with.