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Message of the Day: The Blessedness of the Godly People!

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, NKJV)

The book of Psalms opens with an exaltation of God’s Word. If David so loved the few writings that then constituted God’s Word, how much more should we love that same Word, which has now been brought to completion. Blessed are those who derive their understanding of life from God’s Word rather than from their worldly neighbors. Happiness and prosperity are theirs; not so the wicked. Over and over the godly and the wicked are contrasted.


Note, too, that the book of Psalms begins with a blessing or beatitude, like the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–12). Its first word is “Blessed.”
Some of David’s “Beatitudes” in the Psalms:
“Blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord” (1:1–2).
“Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (2:12).

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven” (32:1).
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (33:12).
“Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (34:8).
“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak” (41:1).
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house” (84:4).
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you” (84:5).
“Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord” (94:12).
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord” (112:1).
“Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (119:2).

Psalm 1:1 speaks progressively of association with the ungodly ways.

Blessed…is the “happy condition” or a “desirable one” of those who revere the Lord and do his will, who put their trust in him, and so are blessed by God. This happiness is consists in that fact that he avoids the companionship of the wicked; that he has pleasure in the law of the Lord; that he will be prospered in this world; and that he will not perish at lasts.

The psalter begins by proclaiming the blessedness of the godly and ends by calling all living things to praise God in His earthly and heavenly sanctuaries.

The passage shows our life as godly people and the reward it brings, and the life of the ungodly and the judgment it will receive. God is the supreme controller of our destiny, and he orders everything according to his own righteousness. In both our thought and behavior, we are different from others. We are constantly increasing our knowledge of God’s Word, and as we allow that Word to change our outlook and attitudes, our character becomes more and more like God’s.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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