For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6



Psalm 1:1-6

   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.

We read about the council of the ungodly, and the ungodly will not be standing at the day of judgment.

   Then it is quite amazing to think about who it was that entered the scene and showed to be the ones this Psalm talks about - when Jesus revealed Himself in Israel as the only purest and holiest - it was those who in the peoples eyes - and also their own - seemed to take really serious and actually did what we read about in this Psalm as the way to beatitude; namely to have their delight in the law of the LORD, And in His law meditate day and night.” (v.2). The chief priest and the Pharisees, the oldest in the congregation of Israel and those who sat in the high council.
   Those were the ungodly! But because of the spiritual darkness people live in and without any light from above, it is impossible to unveil this. Those kind of people are known as pious and holy above all to this day. But when “the true Light which enlightens every man, came into the world,” (John 1:9), the truth was revealed.
   Jesus and the self righteous spirit does not go together. They contradict like darkness and light, fire and water! And you know that darkness and light cannot fill a room at the same time. The one pushes the other out. Have you ever experienced what happens if you take something glowing hot against water, there will simply be like an explosion.
   That is exactly how the meetings between Jesus and these people developed.
Jesus sais this about those who strive with the law: “Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law?” (John 7:19).
   No one of you! Not one! They can therefore not be called the law doers, and especially not fulfillers of the law. These people, then and now, strive with the law. It is what they are and do, that is taken as strive or not strive. The goal is to win God’s blessing and therefore salvation for your own soul, by something of your own! This is always the sign. It is either something a person is trying to achieve on his own, believing that it is still something good and godly in the human being itself, or by God’s help develop this goodness in him, or that God lays down something in a person which God allows.
   The last one of these roads that will lead us astray, is probably the one who is closest to us or the one easiest to be led by.
   That which will be a blessing and a salvation for us, is already long ago been fulfilled on the heavenly altar, before we could even think about good or evil, or anything at all, it is a tricky thought for us. But that is how it is, so does the Word testify!

   “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! (v.1).

   Yes, it is true. This also speaks of those who sin against the law. Wordly people who do not care about anything concerning His Kingdom. Just, mocking and despises it. We see this happen every day, - but we must not forget that these are also those who mock the Gospel! This is dangerous to forget, because you can soon let yourself be impressed by visible godfear, which might as well be from man itself, and even worse, the devil! (2 Cor. 11:15).
   Listen to what happened at the foot of the cross: “In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him.“ (Matt.27:41). “In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself.” (Mark 15:31). “And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” (Luk. 23:35).

Is there any doubt where any of these belong? No - they belong at home in the council of the ungodly, in the way of sinners, sitting in the seat of the scornful.
   The antichristian forces are highly active, where nobody would naturally think that they are. You have to have eyes to see with, to discover it.
   How about you, are you mocking Jesus? You would probably back off with getting a question like this and responding: “No, for goodness sake! Him I will praise and exalt!” No, you probably will not mock like these did. But, are you mocking Jesus by counting or adding something of your own next to Him
   Jesus sais in an accusation: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” (John10:37-38).
To reject or to underestimate Jesus works, is the same as to reject and underestimate Him! We will understand what it means to reject and underestimate His works, when it clearly sais that His works were a substitution.

   It is not possible to understand this Psalm clearly or any other scripture of God clearly either, without Jesus restive works revealed to you
   What does it mean when the Psalmist sais: “
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.” (v.6). Jesus has already told you that clearly: I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.(John 14:6).
   Here you have the way of the righteous! He knows you who cling to Jesus, you who have all your comfort in Him and His works! You who say: “My salvation I do not know, without you the lamb of God, only in your righteousness is all my shame hidden!”
   And you know where all shame and guilt is hidden, you will find a completely righteous man. But this shame and guilt has not been hidden by you being better or righteous, but only by His righteousness. which is given unto you!

   Now you see who the promises in this Psalm is about. Who is like a tree, planted by running creek, who gives their fruit in due season and its leaves do not wither. Who wants happiness in all that he does? It is you who do not know in your need no other way then the Way to Jesus Christ, and Him alone! Have faith and receive what is being preached
   Look also to those who is standing outside the faith in Jesus! Nothing will be left standing!


Holy Bible New American Standard Version
Translator:Benedicte Holtan Smart