Chapter 1.
How to Prevent the Ruin of Your Life

Psalm 1

The word "Psalms" is also called "the Psalter." It comes from th word psallo which means "to play an instrument." They are intended to be accompanied by musical instruments. The book of Psalms is the largest book in the Scriptures with 150 chapters. The key phrase that runs through it like a cool creek in a mountain valley is "Praise the Lord." The word "praise" is used over 150 times.

Common Phrases

Other common phrases in the book of Psalms are:

  1. For the chief musician= He was a conductor of the temple choir.
  2. Selah= This is from salah which means "to pause" or from salal which means "to lift up." Selah is a bridge word that links what preceded to what follows this word. This word has more to do with meaning than music, with matter rather than melody. It focuses on instruction for the hearers instead of the singers.
  3. Hallelujah= Praise the Lord. It is never used in the psalms written by David.

Common Titles

The psalms are described by a number of different titles. Common titles include:

  1. Psalm= A song with musical accompaniment. It's used 57 times.
  2. They are referred to as a prayer six times.
  3. Maschil= This means instruction or special teaching for the wise. It is used 13 times.
  4. Michtam= These are principles that are to be committed to memory. It is used six times.
  5. Song of Degrees= A song of "going up or ascent." It is used by pilgrims on the way to the feasts of Jerusalem.

Various Authors of the Psalms that the Lord Spoke Through

The psalms were written by several authors.

  1. David—He wrote 73 psalms.
  2. The School of Korah—They were used to write ten psalms.
  3. The School of Asaph—They wrote 12 psalms.
  4. Anonymous writers—They wrote 50 psalms.
  5. Moses—One psalm.
  6. Solomon—One psalm.

What is interesting about the psalms is the way the book is laid out. The psalms correspond with the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Bible. There are five divisions in Psalms.

Division One of Psalms

This division corresponds with the book of Genesis. Chapters 1-41 cover this first division. Genesis begins with God's blessings on man as does the psalms in the first chapter. The Lord's counsel concerning man and his ways are addressed in division one. The key word is "man."

1. Man's blessedness—Chapter 1

Psalm 1:1—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.

2. Man's fallen condition-Chapters 2-8

Psalm 8:4—What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

3. Man's enmity—Chapters 9-15

4. Man's recovery through Christ—Chapters 16-41

Psalm 34:8—O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psalm 37:23—The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Psalm 37:37—Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

Division Two of Psalms

This division corresponds with the book of Exodus, the book of Redemption. It covers Psalms 42-72. It opens with a cry of distress and closes with redemption. There are three sections in this division.

  1. The Ruin of Israel—Chapters 42-49
  2. The Redeemer—Chapters 50-60
  3. The Redemption—Chapters 61-72

The key word is "deliverance."

Psalm 50:15—And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalm 54:7—For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Psalm 59:1—Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.

Division Three of Psalms

This section corresponds with the book of Leviticus, the book about sanctification and communion with God. This section covers chapters 73-89. The Lord speaks of His sanctuary, assembly, and His dealings in the holiness of His people. The "sanctuary" is referred to in almost every chapter, encompassing its ruin to its restoration.

Psalm 77:13—Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

Psalm 73:17—Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Division Four of Psalms

Section four corresponds with the book of Numbers which is about the testings, trials, and bitter experiences of God's people. It covers Psalms 90-106. In this division, counsel is given concerning Israel and the other nations. It opens with them in the wilderness. Prayer is in the view of Israel's failures. The key words are "unrest and wanderings."

Division Five of Psalms

This division covers chapters 107-150 and corresponds with the book of Deuteronomy. In Deuteronomy, God over-rules in all trials and difficulties. He brings everything out at last to His honor and glory. The book of Deuteronomy was originally called Dabar which means "The Word." The emphasis of this section is the Lord Himself and the Word of God. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of this section and it is about the Word of God.

The psalms are the heart of the Bible. They commence with the Lord's blessings on man. They conclude with man blessing the Lord. In between the conflicts and common circumstances of life are addressed. Many times our conflicts and circumstances are the consequences of the choices we make concerning the Lord. Notice the first chapter of Psalms.

Psalm One is known as the "Wisdom Psalm." The author of this psalm is anonymous. Psalm one may have consisted of chapters one and two at one time. William Van Gemeran states "In some ancient manuscripts, the quote of Psalm 2:7 in Acts 13:33 is introduced as the first psalm. In rabbinical traditions, the first two psalms were united as one.

When we contrast the first two chapters, we find that chapter one starts with a blessing and ends with a curse; chapter two starts with a curse and ends with a blessing. Chapter one records the meditations of the godly, and chapter two records the meditations of the ungodly.

Let's take a look at the "Curtain Chapter" of the Psalms and see how our circumstances are affected by our choices and how we can prevent the ruin of our life.

I. THE CHARACTER OF A GODLY MAN—1:1

The book of Psalms begins with blessings, "Blessed is the man..." In the Hebrew text this word is a plural noun, ashrey, that reads "Blessings." A more accurate reading would say, "Blessings are to the man...." This word shows the intensity of God's blessings and their abundance. The truth is "God pours His blessings out upon us in the plural, not the singular. Amen! His blessings are many. There are so many that we need to count them.

Psalm 68:19—Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Have you taken time to count your blessings of health, shelter, food, electricity, water, air, strength, seeing, hearing, walking, smelling, touching, talking, your Bible, friends, family, a good church, your pastor? Beloved, we have so much to be thankful for.

There is a lot of emphasis on the positive these days. God begins the book of Psalms emphasizing the negative or the power of negative thinking. The "blessed" man does NOT do certain things and go to certain places. He is careful of the direction he goes, how he spends his leisure time, and of the company he keeps, for a man is known by the company he keeps many times. We will note his stride, stand, and seat. As we look at these three areas, we will note several triplets which actually show man's downward slide or progression into sin. We will see how he goes from the shallow depths of sin to drowning in addiction and adamant hate toward God. The triplets are:

These are three levels of "departure" from God by conforming to this world. They are levels which a godly man avoids. The Bible makes it clear that we are to shun evil in our lives.

1 John 2:15-17—Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

These three levels draw attention to the realms of thinking, behaving, belonging and of attitudes, actions, and abiding allegiance. Let's look at them in detail.

A. The STRIDE of the Godly Man"walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly"

"Walking not in the counsel" means "you do not participate in the schemes or plans; you do not allow the counsel to impact or influence your behavior." Counsel involves schemes or plans. This stage addresses the beginning stages of sinful living. It is the Putting Your Toe in the Water stage, the Giving An Ear or Experiment stage. When Eve started listening to the serpent in the Garden of Eden, she was letting its lies influence her toward disobedience. Let me ask, "Are you giving an 'ear' to sinful schemes? Are you walking in the counsel of the ungodly?" Some folks may ask, "What is the counsel of the ungodly?" That's a good question, so let's answer it.


What Is the Counsel of the Ungodly?

1. It REJECTS and won't listen to wisdom or instruction.

It considers wise counsel or instruction as "stupid."

Proverbs 1:7—The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

2. It RIDICULES or mocks sin.

It says, "Sin will not hurt you." It says that there is nothing wrong with that which is wrong.

Proverbs 14:9—Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Numbers 32:23—But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

3. The REJECTION, defiance, and hatred for parents is encouraged.

Proverbs 15:20—A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Proverbs 15:5—A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

4. It REVIVES or advocates arguing, fighting, and violence.

The counsel of the ungodly enrages and enflames people to hurt others.

Proverbs 10:11—The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 18:6—A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Proverbs 29:8—Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

5. It RAISES rebellion and disobedience toward God and our authorities.

Proverbs 17:11—An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

Numbers 31:16—Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.

6. It RECOMMENDS people to hate godly people.

Proverbs 29:10—The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Esther 5:14—Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Hainan; and he caused the gallows to be made.

Mark 6:24—And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

7. It REJECTS, denounces, and denies God.

The counsel of the ungodly either denies God's existence or His authority in our lives.

Psalm 14:1—The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Job 2:9—Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

1 Kings 12:28—Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

8. It is RAPACIOUS or selfish.

Ungodly counsel says, "Do your own thing. Live for yourself."

Proverbs 12:15—The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

9. It REPLACES or substitutes God's counsel for another.

Isaiah 30:1—Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

The word "add" comes from the Hebrew word caphah {saw-faw'}. The phrase "add sin to sin" means "to be destroyed, to be captured, caught up, or swept away by sin."

10. It ROUSES or encourages deceit and lying.

Proverbs 12:5—The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

11. It RAISES up perversion and filth.

2 Chronicles 22:3—He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.

Proverbs 2:12—To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

Proverbs 6:12—A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

Proverbs 10:32—The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

12. It is REMOVED and unconcerned about the feelings and the needs of others. It is oppressive.

1 Kings 12:10-11—... And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. [11] And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

13. REALITY is lacking in ungodly counsel.

The ungodly claim that no one will find out or you won't get caught.

Psalm 10:11—He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

Let me ask you at this point, "Are you listening and living your life according to ungodly counsel?" You will reap the consequences of that choice if you are doing so. You will eventually ruin your life. What are some of the results of walking in the counsel of the ungodly?

a. Failure—

Psalm 33:10—The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

b. Favor or blessing is lost—

Psalm 1:1—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.

c. Folly—

Proverbs 11:14—Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

d. Frustration—

Isaiah 48:22—There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

Isaiah 57:20—But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

We have seen the blessed man's stride, now we will look at another area of his life.

B. The STAND of the Godly Man-"nor standeth in the way of sinners"

As man progresses in his sinful lifestyle, he becomes more deeply entrenched. Standing in the way of sinners indicates a slowing process. The Standing Stage is the Pull Over and Park Stage or The Jumping In With Both Feet Stage. Standing represents obstinacy, a stiff-necked, firm, fixed position that willfully violates God's Word. The Hebrew word for "column" comes from the verb "to stand." The word "standing" indicates a close association in sinful behavior. Here it means to not follow a moral path. Walking in the counsel of the ungodly involves the acceptance of advice; standing involves living in a sinful way. "Counsel" is the principle or the thinking and "way" is the practice or behaving in a sinful manner. The "way of sinners" means "the manner of life of sinners or their lifestyle."

Sinners are people who have missed God's mark or His truth. Lot was a man who stood in the way of sinners. He lusted for the wealth of Sodom and lost his family. The Prodigal Son stood in the way of sinners and lost his inheritance and peace of mind. Achan disobeyed God. He coveted the gold and garments of Jericho and lost his family and his life. The godly man avoids the way of sinners like the plague. We have seen the stride and the stand of the godly man, we will now see his seat.

C. The SEAT of the Godly Man-"nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful"

The blessed man does not sit in the seat of the scornful. We have seen the walking, the standing, and now the sitting. Sitting indicates being entrenched in a lifestyle to the point of swaying others. It shows the person is completely identified, at ease, comfortable, and at home with sinful behavior. The seat refers to the assembly of evildoers. The seat of the scornful is the Over Your Head Stage or Drowning Stage of Sin. The person is immersed in sinful living, soaked and saturated with evil. They are addicted to sin and are anti-God.

The word "scornful" involves scoffers or cynics who mock holy things. They are arrogant and defiant. The person in the seat of the scornful tries to sway others to join his rebellious lifestyle against God. The "counsel" refers to wicked principles; the "way of sinner's" refers to wicked practices; the "seat of the scornful" speaks of wicked partnerships. Who are the scornful? What are scorners?


Scorners

1. They are ARROGANT—

Proverbs 21:24—Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

2. They ADORE or love conflict—

Proverbs 22:10—Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

3. They APPRECIATE or delight in mocking—

Proverbs 1:22—How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

4. They are AGAINST correction—

Proverbs 9:7-8—... He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. [8] Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Proverbs 13:1—A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 15:12—A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

5. They AROUSE strife—

Proverbs 22:10—Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

Proverbs 29:8—Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

The word "snare" means "to burn down; to excite or inflame to riot."

6. They are ASININE or foolish in their thinking—

Proverbs 14:6—A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 9:8—Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

7. They are ATHEISTIC—

Psalm 10:4—The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

We have seen the character of the godly man and what he avoids in his life. We will now focus on the consistency of the godly man.

II. THE CONSISTENCY OF THE GODLY MAN—1:2

This section draws attention to what appeals to the blessed man.

A. His DELIGHT—"His delight is in the law of the Lord"

Psalm 119:16—I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Psalm 119:47—And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

Psalm 119:77—Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

Romans 7:22—For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

B. His DESIRE—"in his law doth he meditate"

The godly or blessed man meditates upon the Word of God.

1 Peter 2:2—As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

The word "meditate" means "to hum, muse, think out loud, turn over in one's mind, to murmur or ponder." This same Hebrew word is translated "studieth" in Proverbs 15:28 or "imagine" in Psalm 2:1.

Proverbs 15:28—The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Psalm 2:1—Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The godly man ponders three key things.

1. The Word of God—

Psalm 119:11—Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

2. The Wonder of God—

Psalm 63:6—When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

3. The Works of God—

Psalm 77:12—I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Psalm 143:5—I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

C. His DEDICATION—"day and night"

The Word of God saturates the life of the godly man.

Jeremiah 15:16—Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

God's Word counters the corruption of ungodly thinking. Whatever shapes a man's thinking, shapes his life. We have seen the character of the godly man, the consistency of the godly man, and now we will look at the culmination of the godly man.

III. THE CULMINATION OR HIGH POINT OF THE GODLY MAN—1:3

A. His POWER & PROMINENCE—"like a tree"

The tree speaks of vitality, fertility, beauty, majesty, and strength. It is a symbol of blessing.

Jeremiah 17:7-8—... Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. [8] For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

B. His PLANTING & PERMANENCE—"planted"

This speaks of security and being rooted and grounded. He is secured by the Lord.

Psalm 40:2—He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Whenever there is a separation between values and practice, things break down. In ancient China, the people desired security from the barbaric, invading hordes to the north. To get this protection, they built the Great Wall of China. It's 30 feet high, 18 feet thick, and more than 1,500 miles long. The Chinese goal was to build an absolutely impenetrable defense—too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. But during the first hundred years of the wall's existence, China was successfully invaded three times. It wasn't the wall's fault. During all three invasions, the barbaric hordes never climbed over the wall, broke it down, or went around it; they simply bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right in through an open door. The purpose of the wall failed because of a breakdown in values. The godly man is grounded in character and has stability and strength of virtue in his life.

Instability in a person's life comes from a dual focus.

James 1:8—A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

The fact that the godly man is "planted" reminds us that we are guided by "The Planter."

Psalm 32:8—I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

C. His PROXIMITY, PLACEMENT, & POSITION—"by the rivers of water"

The word "rivers" means "water streams; artificial channels of water that are seen in irrigated fields." In Christ, we are placed where the Lord puts us. Our source of strength is living water, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 37:23—The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

D. His PRODUCTIVITY—"bringeth forth his fruit"

Godliness produces fruitfulness in our lives.

John 15:4-5—... Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Fruitfulness is the outcome of being surrendered and guided by the Lord.

E. His PROPRIETY or Timing—"in his season"

The godly man is not a weirdo or strange. God uses him in His own time and way.

F. His PERSISTENCE or Consistency—"shall not wither"

There is consistency in the life of the godly man. He is not up and down all the time. Life does not wither away the person of godly character because he draws his strength from the Lord. John Wesley drew his strength from God in difficult trials. A single page from the journal of John Wesley reads:

Sunday A.M., May 5—Preached in St. Ann's; was asked not to come back anymore.

Sunday P.M., May 5—Preached at St. John's; deacons said, "Get out and stay out."

Sunday A.M., May 12—Preached at St. Jude's; can't go back there either.

Sunday P.M., May 12—Preached at St. George's; kicked out again.

Sunday A.M., May 19— Preached at St. Somebody Else's; deacons called special meeting and said I couldn't return.

Sunday P.M., May 19—Preached on the street; kicked off the street.

Sunday A.M., May 26—Preached out in a meadow; chased out of meadow when a bull was turned loose during the service.

Sunday A.M., June 2—Preached out at the edge of town; kicked off the highway.

Sunday P.M., June 2—Afternoon service, preached in the pasture; 10,000 people came.

G. His PROSPERITY—"whatever he does shall prosper"

Prosperity is that which is given to you by the Lord which has no sorrow with it. The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich in many different ways.

Proverbs 10:22—The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Success is not necessarily the same as wealth. You are not a success if your are miserable, you lose your family, or if you disobey God to gain a position or wealth. True wealth is not what my net worth amounts to, but what I amount to. The prosperous person has godly character and a good testimony for Jesus Christ. God puts a premium on character and being a good example.

Proverbs 22:1—A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

IV. THE CHAFF OF UNGODLINESS—1:4

The godly man is abundantly blessed, but not the ungodly. The Hebrew text reads, "Not so the ungodly." It is very emphatic. They are like chaff. When the farmer harvests his grainfields, he separates the true grain from the chaff or the waste, by throwing it into the air. The wind blows away the chaff. Chaff is worthless, weak, wobbly, weightless, wind-driven, and warmed by a destructive fire. Is your life like chaff?

Isaiah 5:24—Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

V. THE CONDEMNATION OF THE UNGODLY—1:5

The ungodly will not stand in the judgment. This means they shall not be able to maintain themselves or will not be able to stand their ground when judgment comes. Sin is what condemns a man.

John 3:18—He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

When the lost stand before God at the White Throne judgment, they will be cast into Hell and will never escape.

Revelation 21:8—But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

VI. THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR CHOICES—1:6

The word "knoweth" is a word that describes "intimate" knowledge. It means "to care about; to identify with as your own." The Hebrew text can read, "The Lord is constantly looking upon the way of the righteous." He is ever watching over the righteous.

Job 23:10—But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

As Christians, we enjoy so many pleasures from the Lord. The way of the godly enjoys many blessings.

We have so much to be thankful for!


The Way of the Righteous

1. The way of the righteous is STABLE.

Proverbs 15:19—The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

The words "made plain" are from the Hebrew word salal (saw-lal), which means "smooth, stable, straight, a highway."

Isaiah 26:7—The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

This verse can also be translated, "The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level."

2. The way of the righteous is SHINING

Proverbs 4:18—But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The righteous are characterized by transparency and openness.

3. The way of the righteous is SAFE in God's guiding hands.

Psalm 48:14—For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

4. The way of the righteous is SUPPLIED by the Lord.

Hosea 13:5—I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

God knows us and our needs.

Philippians 4:19—But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

5. The way of the righteous is SEEN by the Lord.

Psalm 101:6—Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.

The words "perfect way" mean "way of integrity, innocence, and wholesomeness."

The Bible says that the way of the ungodly shall perish. The word "perish" is used to describe plans or desires that are frustrated.

Psalm 112:10—The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 11:7—When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

The word "expectation" means "cord or hope." The cord will be cut.

How does God describe the way of the ungodly?


The Way of the Ungodly

1. It is DISTURBED & DISCOMFITED.

Psalm 146:9—The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

God overthrows the way of the ungodly.

2 It is DETESTABLE.

Proverbs 15:9—The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

3. It is DARK.

Proverbs 4:19—The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

4. It is DECEPTIVE & DISTRACTING.

Proverbs 12:26—The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

Ungodly people are not content with living sinfully themselves, they desire to involve others in their deeds. Sin has tainted the entire human race.

Romans 5:12—Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

In Oregon's Malheur National Forest, a fungus spreads through tree roots across 2,200 acres, making it the largest living organism ever found. Popularly known as the honey mushroom, the Armillaria Ostoyae started from a single microscopic spore. Yet it's been weaving its black shoestring filaments through the forest for an estimated 2,400 years, killing trees as it grows. "When you're on the ground, you don't notice the pattern. You just see dead trees in clusters," says Tina Dreisbach, a botanist and mycologist [botanist of fungi] with the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon. Digging into the roots of an affected tree, researchers find something that looks like white latex paint. These are mats of mycelium, which draw water and carbohydrates from the tree to feed the fungus and interfere with the tree's absorption of nutrients. The shoestring filaments, called rhizomorphs, stretch as much as ten feet into the soil, invading tree roots through a combination of pressure and enzyme action. Like this gigantic mushroom, sin began in a single act of disobedience but has spread across the entire human race.

5. It is to be DODGED.

Proverbs 4:14—Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

6. It DEPARTS from right living.

Proverbs 2:12-13—... To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; [13] Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

7. It is DIFFICULT & DISTRESSFUL.

Proverbs 13:15—Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

8. It is DEVOID of peace.

Isaiah 59:8—The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9. It is DETERMINED by man's standards, not God's.

Proverbs 12:15—The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

10. It's end is DESTRUCTION & DEATH.

Proverbs 1:6—To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Proverbs 14:12—There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

A recent news article reported on a dangerous practical joke played by a nursery employee: A British Columbia-based nursery is trying to track down people who bought poisonous plants that were incorrectly labeled "tasty in soup." Valleybrook Gardens, which distributed the plants, has worked with government officials to locate the buyers of 17 improperly labeled perennials sold at stores in British Columbia and Ontario from April 18 to 25. Only eight of the plants had been accounted for by Sunday. The label should have read, "All parts of this plant are toxic," but an employee changed it to, "All parts of this plant are tasty in soup," said Michel Benoit, the nursery's general manager. "The employee was making a practical joke and thought it would be caught by a horticulturist," said Benoit. The devil has done the same to us. God put a warning label on sin that declared, "Do not eat from this for you shall surely die." Our enemy switched labels. The label he attached to sin reads, "Looks good. Tastes great. Is desirable to make one wise."

The life of the ungodly is like ploughing the ocean. Though it may seem to be a shining trail behind his keel, yet, the waves pass over it. The place that knew him shall know him no more. God doesn't know the wicked and they know not the Lord.

Matthew 7:23—And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

What path are you traveling upon? Don't ruin your life!

Alternate Translations in the kjv 1611 Marginal Notes

The world might stop in ten minutes; meanwhile, we are to keep on doing our duty. The great thing to be found at one's post as a child of God is to live each day as though it were our last, but planning as though the world will last a hundred years.

C. S. Lewis