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; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. — Psalm 1: 1–2
Our love for God causes us to inquire into His will and act accordingly. The contrast between the righteous and the ungodly winds its way through the whole of the first Psalm with the objective of inspiring readers to live their lives in a manner pleasing to God or encouraging them in their endeavour to do so.
In our Bible text, the ungodly lifestyle is illustrated by three figurative expressions.
Walking in the counsel of the ungodly: Here we think first and foremost of those who do not believe in God, but doesn’t ungodliness already begin when we break away from the nature of God and focus exclusively on earthly values and pursue these in a loveless and egotistical manner?
Standing in the path of sinners: This refers to a way of unholiness. Sin separates from God. Those who pursue the path of sin with no thought for the consequences will not seek grace and forgiveness, and will thereby distance themselves increasingly from God’s ways and ordinances.
Sitting in the seat of the scornful: Nothing is sacred to the scornful. Indeed, in their disdain they even put themselves above the righteous, who inquire into the will of God.
- The contrast between the righteous and the ungodly weaves its way through the whole of the first Psalm.
- The lifestyle of the ungodly is illustrated in three figurative expressions: walking in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the path of sinners, and sitting in the seat of the scornful.
- Jesus taught the commandment of love for God and one’s neighbour.