Psalm 1, for the Old Folks

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Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Sir Jeffery Hudson lived from 1619-1682. The epitaph on his gravestone reads, “A Dwarf Presented in a Pie Presented to King Charles 1st.” To be clear, he was not killed by his stint in the pie. But it was his claim to fame.

There are fundamentally only two kinds of honest gravestones. That’s because there are really only two kinds of people, two roads to travel on, and two journey’s ends.

Two kinds of people. Two destinations. The cursed and the blessed. Which one are you?

Are you a cursed man? A cursed woman?

The cursed are the ungodly. They may think they’re Christians, but they don’t take in faith the counsel of God’s Word. They look at God’s Word with scorn. They listen to the message of Christ crucified and resurrected with arrogance.

“I don’t need Jesus to die for me. I’m doing just fine.”

“I think I’m going to heaven because I’m generally a decent lady, a decent gent.”

Rejecting God’s Word, they take to their own counsel, the counsel of foolishness. And they walk down the road of “I’ll do what I want. I’ll sin the way I want. I’m in charge.”

Ungodly fools walk foolishly down the ungodly road.

And where does that road take them? It takes them to destruction.

They’re blown away like useless chaff. When they come before God on judgment, they will not stand. They will not be welcomed to stand in the congregation of the righteous. They’ll be cast into the outer darkness to face the eternal torments of hell.

Let the gravestones of the ungodly read, “Here lies the cursed man. Here lies the fool. Here lies the woman awaiting hell.”

Are you the cursed ungodly?

Or are you blessed?

Who are the blessed? The blessed are those who reject the foolish counsels and ways of the ungodly. They don’t walk with them. They don’t look at God and His Word with scorn. They don’t act like they can pick and choose what they like.

If the ungodly delight in sin, in what do the blessed delight? The blessed delight in the law of the LORD. They cherish every bit of God’s Word. They love it, believe, and obey it.

On God’s law the blessed man meditates day and night.

How do you know if you’re blessed? Well, is God’s law your meditation day and night? Do you love God’s Word? Is it a feast for your soul? Or is the only time you give it thought the 10 minutes we make you think about it here?

Thinking you’re blessed does you no good. That just makes you confused chaff. Only in being blessed is there blessing.

Those who love God, who trust God, those who know that they’ve sinned against Him and so deserve His judgment, those who look to Christ as their Savior, the only Perfect Man who died for sinners and rose again, those who do not walk in their sin but walk in the counsel of the Lord and delight in His law day and night…

They are not like chaff blown away by the wind. They are like trees planted by the rivers of water. They shall never die. They shall live and prosper forever, bringing forth fruit in season, their leaves never withering. Blessing upon blessing, forever and ever.

“The LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

You can’t fool the LORD. He knows what you really are. He knows the way of the righteous. In Christ, they shall live with Him in Paradise forever.

He knows the way of the ungodly. They will all perish.

Let’s pray.



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