1. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful.

The blessed person lives according to the godly principles of life and takes counsel with those who are also godly. The blessed person stands in the assembly of the righteous – those who have accepted the Messiah Yeshua as Savior and have a right standing with God.  The blessed person is comfortable being around those who follow the way of Yeshua.

The blessed person is comfortable among those who are holy.  The blessed person is one who has been made holy by the broken body and shed blood of Yeshua the Messiah.  He is NOT self-righteous.  The blessed person’s way of life is Holy Spirit led.  The Amplified Version describes the blessed person as “happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable” as he sits and is completely comfortable with those who exhibit the qualities of godliness.

The contrast in this verse says that the wicked listen to and agree with others just as evil as they.  They walk in the same direction other wicked people are going.  And, finally, he is all in and completely comfortable fellowshipping with other wicked people.  And, sitting in the seat of mockers aka the scornful, shows that he has become completely at home in this environment by associating with their wickedness, taking pleasure in and joining in with the evil crowd.

  1. But his delight is in the law (the Torah) of the LORD, and in his law, he meditates day and night.

The blessed person takes great pleasure in thinking, speaking, and living by the Holy Word of God every moment of his life.  He embraces and lives according to God’s Teachings and Instructions (the Torah)  He delights in it!  Definition “delight”:  Great pleasure, gratification, joy.  That which gives extreme pleasure.[1]

  1. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.

A tree that is planted by a stream draws nourishment from that stream.  The stream is always flowing, moving, sometimes overflowing its banks, but always providing nourishment for the tree.  The word is plural (streams) which in this case means abundance.  This tree has an abundance of refreshing, moving and nourishing food.  This tree (the blessed man) yields fruit in God’s appointed seasons.  Fruit takes time to grow and ripen.  One cannot bear fruit that belongs to another species. The fruit begins as a tiny bud and grows into a fragrant blossom continuing to ripen into the fruit of that particular tree.  Bearing fruit affirms that “there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecc 3:1)  A tree that bears fruit out of season will die prematurely.  Its biological time clock has become out of sync.    The tree ‘thinks’ that it is time to blossom and bear fruit – when it is not.  In the natural sense, the tree has suffered the results of elemental happenings such as unseasonal warmth, or prolonged winter, etc.   But the tree that is planted by streams of living water will bear fruit only in its correct season.  The fresh flowing nourishing water will keep the trees clock ticking in its correct biological time.  The Torah has been likened to a river, always flowing, giving us nourishment from God’s Teachings and Instructions.

  1. Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Chaff is the outer layer of grain.  In former times, the farmer would throw the grain up in the air – the grain would fall, and the chaff would be blown away by the wind.  The wicked will come to nothing – they are insignificant, easily disposed of as unnecessary. They are chaff, and so are those things in our lives that displease the Father. The ungodly things are without substance and, in the case of the wicked they will eventually be gone and will not be seen again.  The chaff in our own lives God will blow away.  Chaff is useless in His kingdom. 

  1. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

“The Lord knows how to reserve godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the Day of Judgment while continuing their punishment.  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desires of the sinful nature and despise authority.”  (2 Peter 2:9, 10)  “For as it is written:  “As I live,” says the LORD “every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  (Romans 14:11)

The wicked despise authority, and God will punish them on the day of His judgment.  Who can stand in the presence of an angry, holy and altogether righteous God?  Certainly not the wicked!  If there is anywhere in this universe that a person will face his evil deeds for exactly what they are – putrid, unholy, totally wicked and depraved – it is in the place of God’s judgment and God’s presence.

Those who are blessed as defined in the preceding verses will be the ones that God will allow in the Assembly of the Righteous.   We are never accepted because of our goodness.  We are accepted only because we have received God’s salvation offered us through Yeshua the Messiah.  Yeshua said our (self) righteousness is the same as dirty old rags.  God is altogether righteous – and it is only in His righteousness that the redeemed will be able to stand.

  1. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

God promises protection to those who are righteous.  He is our Divine Guardian; an ‘ever present help in the time of trouble.[2]  His eyes are always upon us; watching, guiding, protecting.  The way of the wicked (ungodly) will perish.

Be Blessed

Jane Owens

© 2018[1] Readers Digest Encyclopedic Dictionary 1966 pg 353

[2] Ps 46:1

Note:  This is the first Scripture I memorized when I was about six years old.