1is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
[Blessed: Increasing and prospering in the knowledge of Christ. It is through faith that we gain wisdom from above and exercise our discernment with truth.
[We see in this first verse the need to be able to identify the ungoldly, the sinners, and the scornful. If distinction were set only by our own personal feelings concerning these things, we would approve of those things which we find agreeable to ourselves and disapprove of those things which we find disagreeable to ourselves. There would be no blessing in this.]
[Walks: Active agreement. "Can two walk together unless they be agreed?" Amos 3:3]
[Ungodly: Fruitless ones. These are those mentioned by Paul as having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. We see their boast in their giving of counsel which is the wisdom of the world cloaked with a religious shield.]
[Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly: The activity of our faith is in agreement with the law of the Spirit and not with the imaginations of the heart.]
[Stands in the way of sinners: Marking a point of confidence. As in “taking a stand for something”. Many stand on the basis of religious convicitions while resisting the grace of God (that’s what sinners do). We see this with the Pharisees and Saducees. There is no blessing in that.]
[In contrast, we mark the point of our confidence in the way of the Lord which is faith and patience. We have not selected this way for ourselves but have yielded in submission to the power and authority of our Lord who has shown us this way.]
[Sits in the seat of: In order to instruct and judge according to a set standard.]
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
[But his delight: making contrast. They take delight in the power of their principle to oppress others and the power of their imagination to create new covers for their shame. The righteous of the Lord take delight in the restrictions set by God for the expression of our faith and upon His counsel do we continually reflect.]
[Law: boundaries, restrictions, and power to enforce. We show willingness to reflect upon the covenant of our Lord because we intend to demonstrate our obedience to Him as an expression of our love for Him.]
[Day and night: Upon waking in the morning and upon laying our heads down to sleep. Knowing that our thoughts easily drift we choose to keep our vesself full of faith through the consistency of our choices to reflect upon and reciprocate with the knowledge of our Lord.]
3 And he shall be like aplanted by the , that brings forth his in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
[Like a tree: finding its strength in its roots.]
[Planted by rivers of water: Showing wisdom and intention. Not as scattered seed but seed which has been planted in a favorable environment.]
[Rivers of water: continual flow of that which is necessary for life (grace).]
[His fruit: the fruit of righteousness which is after His kind. This is the product of faith and is provided for by the Lord.]
[In his season: Not out of aspiration or projection but according to the cycle and power which we have no control over but can cooperate with. A farmer plants seed in cooperation with the seasons. The ungodly seek reward at the time of their choosing and teach others to do the same.]
[His leaf shall not wither: His lips shall continue to bring forth ointment for the souls of those who receive his counsel.]
[Whatsoever he does shall prosper: We see the confidence of the righteous is rooted in the mercy of God in connection with the promises of His covenant. “I will be your God and you shall be My people.” As we continue to join ourselves to Him we are continually blessed by Him that we may prosper in His knowledge and in the increasing of His Kingdom through fruitbearing.]
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
[Again we see distinction.]
[Like the chaff: From the dictionary, “Trivial and worthless matter”. The chaff is separated from grains of rice by casting both into the air and allowing the wind to blow away the chaff while the grain which is valued falls back to the tarp to be collected and used for nourishment.]
[wind drives away: grace and truth. By faith we are making selection according to the disction God set between that which He values and that which He abhors.]
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
[The ungodly shall not stand: their principle will have to bow down as they are found to be without a gift before the King. We, as the holy ones, will stand before Him with the fruit of His work made fully manifest in us as fruitful trees in the summertime.]
[Congregation of the righteous: God makes distinction between those who chose to exercise their sovereignty in the time of testing with faith and those who chose instead to build with earthly things.]
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
[Knows the way: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The way of the Lord is by the record of His own soul. Out of pride Adam follows his own record and calls that faith but the Lord has refused to know us by the diversity of our signatures and has selected instead to know us only by the pattern He set for our fruitbearing through faith in Christ.]
[The way of the ungodly shall perish: For the powers they use to sustain their imagination shall be cut off at the fulfillment of this age. Because they chose to join themselves to death by the things which they thought made life worth living, they cut themselves off from the Light of the Lord which brings healing and fruit to the souls of the righteous.]
[See Barnabas 9 – Apostle Barnabas expounds on Psalm 1.]