I was reading and studying Psalm Chapter 1 the other day, and what a blessing God’s promises for the righteous are. We can stand on those promises with full confidence in God’s protection because “If God be for us who can be against us?” I am not amazed any more when I see evidence of those who are not meditating on God’s Word and seeking His will for their own part in God’s work. It is many times the envious back-biters who inflict “Attacks on God’s anointed from within.” But I would put this word of warning to those ungodly ones who let satan use them to try and hinder God’s work in a thing: Take care! God does pull the weeds from His church like “the chaff which the wind driveth away.” I have seen this happen in the past couple of years, and I pray that I may never be one of those ungodly ones who does anything to stand in the way of His will. “…the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish!” Remember! God’s Word does not return to Him void! And how about this thought, backbiters, instead of letting the devil have his way with you, try asking God to show you how you may be of service along side those you are envious of and help to further His purpose instead of your own flesh!?
Psams 1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Notes from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary regarding Psalm Chapter 1: To meditate in God’s word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. For this purpose no time is amiss. The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God’s account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly!