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. Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
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! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 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. Psalm 1:1-3 NASB
Psalm 1, which opens and introduces the Psalter, introduces us to the blessed and Perfect Man, our Lord Jesus Christ. In a concise and terse manner, it relates to us something of –
Here is the man Who habitually walked, stood, and sat so as to please God. His activity, His associates, and His attitude were ever pleasing to God. Holy habits marked Him in all His ways. There were no off days in His life.
His delight was to meditate on the Word of God and to keep that Word in His heart. “Morning by morning,” is how Isaiah 50 expressed it. “Day and night” is how Psalm 1 states it. The Word of God was His meat, His meditation, and His motivation.
Whatever He did prospered! His hands were skillful as well as compassionate and kind. His touches brought healing; His hands wrought miracles; His finger opened the eyes of the blind. All to which He put His hands prospered. Here was a servant Who accomplished all His Master ever gave Him to do.
He is likened to a tree which brings forth fruit in its season. There was a continual harvest from the life of the Lord Jesus which was reaped for the pleasure of God. Each “season” of life saw fresh and delightful fruit for His Father. As an infant He was dependent and confident in His God; as a boy of 12 He was diligent in His Father’s business. As a man of 30 He would link Himself with the nation. Soon after, facing the temptation of Satan, He would declare Himself a worshiper of God even if it cost Him a cross. Moment by moment, a bountiful harvest of pleasure ascended from that life to the throne above.
In verse 6 we are told “the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous.” The thought of “knowing” suggests approval and honor. Men heaped dishonor upon Him; the Father honored Him. Men disallowed Him, but the Father approved Him. His resurrection was the token of heaven’s approval upon His person and work.
- Look at some of the places the Lord sat in John’s Gospel and note His attitude.
- Look at some of the places He walked and note his activity.