Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thoughts on Psalm 1: Things The Blessed Man Refuses To Do (part 3)

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.” (Psalm 1:1)

Because the blessed man refuses to associate himself with the wrong crowd, he spares himself from becoming the wrong crowd. A scorner is someone who is consumed with mockery. In Psalm 1 the scorner is the ungodly, the sinner, only this time he is fleshing out his rebellion towards God. The progression is sure. The scorner occupies a terrible spot, the scorner’s bench. Satisfied to stay where they are at, mocking God and the things of God. Blessed men would rather move forward than be numbered among the scorners who are characteristically swift to criticize true godliness.

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