The election is over. On Wednesday morning when you learned of the results, were you encouraged or discouraged? We live in a country that has squandered its traditions associated with community and the Lord to the point we wonder if there is any further downward spiral to which we can or will descend. Yes, we can go much further, and on track toward that we are heading.
The godly man of Psalm 1, however, discouraged though he may be, takes his encouragement in the Lord’s way, and we need to do the same thing. Last week we considered Psalm 1:1-3. Let us be reminded of those 3 verses before we consider the remainder of the Psalm. The English Standard Version (ESV) reads, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Thus, the godly man is planted by the water of life (i.e., the Lord) and his nourishment makes him strong as the years unfold. His strength is not found in those things of the world, however, but in those things associated with the Lord. This can’t be said about the ungodly man. Who is the ungodly man? First, he is one who chooses not to hear the Lord and obey His will. Rather, he would prefer to walk with those who have little to no interest in the Lord. His religion is of this world, as in a secular political party (for instance). He has nothing for which to look forward but those things of this world. When he dies, so does his hope. “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away” (1:4, KJV).
Second, the ungodly man is feigning a religious covering, but inside he is full of emptiness, he has no substance, but is chaff that is blown away at the time when he least expects it. As he persuaded himself that in his good conscience he is able to stand in the judgment when it come, when it comes, he is stunned to hear, then see, he has been wrong the whole time. “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way – if he would have taken time to know the Lord. but he didn’t; he feigned a religious spirit; when judgment came, he had no anchor for his soul. Third, while it may be that you have a bit of discouragement when thinking about the recent election, be reminded the Lord is still in heaven and He is still the King on His Throne. Whatever happens, the Lord reigns! “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”