Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners…
I. A CERTAIN COURSE DESCRIBED. Here is a two-fold gradation implied, the one relating to the characters referred to, and the other to the intercourse maintained.
II. A SACRED EXERCISE DESCRIBED. "In His law doth he meditate." The godly man delights in the Law of the Lord for many reasons.
1. Because it enriches his mind.
2. It cheers his heart.
3. It sanctifies his nature.
III. AN ENCOURAGING ASSURANCE GIVEN. "He shall be like a tree." Note the connection between loving the Scriptures and spiritual prosperity.
IV. A SOLEMN CONTRAST DRAWN. The ungodly are like the chaff. Chaff is a thing that is —
1. Unsightly. There is nothing to excite pleasurable emotions in the ungodly.
2. Worthless. Chaff cannot be turned, even in our inventive age, to any beneficial purpose.
3. Light and unsubstantial. There is no stability in the ungodly. They are tossed to and fro with every wind of temptation; and, being influenced by caprice rather than principle, no confidence can be placed in them. The Psalmist adds, "therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment." To "stand" is a forensic term, and denotes "to stand acquitted," and with those who live and die ungodly such cannot be the case.
V. A CONCLUSIVE REASON ADDUCED. "For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.