1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree [firmly] planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish
This psalm supplies us with –
1. A Test of Our Character. A man is known by the company he keeps. What doest thou, O my soul? With whom dost thou “walk” and “sit’?
2. Rules for Our Life. What should we do? Surely the right thing is to ask counsel of God, and to submit ourselves to his holy and blessed rule. Let us do this, and we shall not only have life (Psalm 40:8), but food (John 4:44); and not only food, but society (Matthew 12:50); and not only society, but education (Psalm 143:10); and not only education, but joy unspeakable and full of glory (Psalm 119:65; 1 Peter 1:8). “He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:16, 17).
3. A Foreshadow of Our Future. Acts fix habits, habits settle character, and character determines destiny. “The wind” may represent the various trials which meet us, and which so far show what we are and where we are going. By conscience, by public opinion, by experience of the results of conduct, we are given a view of the future of the coming end and the perfect judgment of God. Thus, not in an arbitrary way, but by our own deeds and life, our destiny is being settled. Eternity is the harvest of time. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”