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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Psalm 1 ]

PSALM 1
Lonnie Branam

It is remarkable that this Psalm does not have a title. Thirty eight of the forty-one psalms in this section are assigned to David. We don't know who the Holy Spirit chose to compile these religious poems, but whoever he was, he didn't know who wrote this psalm, or if he knew, did not choose to reveal his name. David had several skilled musicians who were in charge of the music used in the Temple services, and any one of them would have been qualified to put this book together. Commentators consider this psalm to be the chief subject and a brief summary of the entire contents of the book of Psalms. If that be so, the subject of this psalm, and the entire book of psalms, is The Godly Person. Although spoken from an Old Testament perspective, still this writer gives a near-perfect description of a godly man or woman. The New Testament has much to say about the subject of this psalm. I Tim. 4:8 says, “Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” The psalm divides naturally into two nearly equal sections. In verses 1-3 the character and condition of the righteous are described, and the reward that is promised them. In verses 4-6 the condition of the unrighteous and their ultimate destruction is predicted. What did this inspired writer have to say about godly and ungodly people?

First of all, he tells us that a godly person is known for the company he does not keep. The godly person is first described negatively under three heads. There are three things he or she will not do. They will not live by the counsel of ungodly people. It means they will not throw in their lot with people who scoff at God, the Bible, morality and God's people. They will not seek, listen to or follow the advice of those who oppose God and true religion. A godly person will reject all negative advice. There are all kinds of negative thinkers in the world whose aim is to discourage, to intimidate, cast doubt on God and the Bible. There is Biblical negativism, religious negativism , anti-God negativism, anti-Christ negativism, anti- moral negativism, and anti-church negativism. The writer has a direct reference to those who oppose true religion and true morality. Be careful who you seek advice from.

Secondly, the godly person will not stand in the way of sinners. That means he does not take part in their sinful and immoral conduct. He will not associate with and follow in the footsteps of those transgress the commandments of God. Thirdly, he will not sit in the seat of the scornful. He will not study with or repeat what those say who scoff at God and



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true religion. Are your counselors and teachers positive thinkers or negative thinkers on God, Christ, morality, the Bible and the church? Paul said, “Don't be deceived; evil companions corrupt good morals. What kind of friends do you have? Let others make a mock of siln, eternity, hell, heaven and God. The writer of this psalm had learned better philosophy than the agnostic and unbelieving. .. He had too much a sense of God's presence to hear His name blasphemed. When people are living in sin, they go from bad to worse.

The righteous are described by a beautiful figure of speech: “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf will not wither, and whatever he does will prosper.” .This is an allusion to the Eastern method of cultivation, by which rivulets of water are made to flow between the rows of trees, and thus by artificial means the trees receive a constant supply of moisture. Blessed is a person who has such a promise as this. It is not outward prosperity which the Christian most desires; it is soul prosperity he longs for. By way of contrast the Psalm says the ungodly are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. We are hereby to understand that whatever good thing is said of the righteous is not true in the case of the ungodly. Their character is said to be like chaff which means they are dead in trespasses and sins, worthless to God , unserviceable, without character and are easily carried away. A godly education under the guidance and direction of the word of God is sure to produce a godly life.

Finally the Psalm says, “The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment.”. They shall stand thee to be judged, but not to be acquitted. Fear shall lay hold on them there, and they shall not stand their ground. All congregations on earth are mixed. The tares grow in the same furrows as the wheat. Righteous Lots this side of heaven are continually vexed by the men of Sodom. The ungodly cannot live in heaven. They would be out of their element. Sooner could a fish live on a tree than the ungodly in Paradise.

The New Testament teaches the same truth taught in this psalm. Romans 1:18 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” The word ungodliness refers to impiety, a failure in our duties to God. The reference is to worship and religious duties we owe to God as Creator and Savior. Unrighteousness refers to our failures in our duties to our fellow human beings. The golden rule is that we should to others as we would be done by. The Christian religion reveals 3

that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and injustice of men who keep down the truth by injustice. In the Christian religion God has given us complete knowledge of right and wrong, all things that pertain unto life and godliness. Aware of the knowledge that is in the Bible, that is proclaimed in all parts of the world, yet million refuse to glorify Him as God. To glorify God is to adore and honor Him because of His divine nature and excellencies.

In summary permit me to say that the anger of God is revealed from heaven against the failure of man to worship, glorify and give God the honor that is due His name. Furthermore, He is angry with the injustice men practice on this earth in the mistreatment of fellow human beings, and He will hold them accountable for their injustice.. The ancient world before the coming of Christ, Jews and Gentiles, had the truth, for God made it known to them. But both Jews and Gentiles dishonored Him. This same impiety and injustice has been carried over into the Christian age of the world. Under the Christian religion God has declared that all have sinned, Jew and Gentile, and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Nevertheless, God has offered free pardon to both Jews and Gentiles, to all who are willing to love and serve His Son Jesus Christ. In the giving of His life as a ransom for our sins, God punished Him instead of punishing the human race. As both man and God, Jesus represented the entire human race, and the shame He endured, the sufferings He went though, the giving up of His life for mankind has satisfied the justice of God, and He is longer angry with the part of the human race that have become Christians. Since the coming of Christ, the only way out for the ungodly is to come to Christ, receive God's forgiveness by obedience to the gospel and hen serve Christ for the rest of their lives. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, except a man be born of the water(baptism) and the Spirit(Holy Spirit) he cannot enter the kingdom of God. The ungodly are born of the Spirit when the Spirit teaches them and brings them to faith in Christ as God's Divine Son and Savior and brings them repentance, which is a turning away from the sins of a lifetime to Christ's way of life. Then God's forgiveness takes place at the time of immersion in water. God set the time of pardon in the obedient act of baptism. If you a are among the ungodly, you don't have to stat there. Come to Christ, and He will save you. If you have any questions, call the number on this website.


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