The Description of the Godly Man

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. 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, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. -Psalm 1:1-3

In this psalm, the description of the godly man is first negative. There are certain things he never does. There are places in which he is never seen. He does not make wicked men his advisers. He is not seen with those who are evil. No one ever sees him among mockers. Thus the godly man is known by what he does not do.

Then there are certain things that the godly man does. He loves God’s word, reads it, and feeds upon it. He is careful to live where his life may be nourished by the streams of grace. As a result, he is like a tree in his beauty and in his fruitfulness. Fruit is the test of Christian character. Then the godly man’s life does not wither in heat or drought. It is perennial, and lives in all kinds of weather.

Another feature of his life is that everything he does prospers, not always in worldly things, but even in his losses and trials, he is still blessed. For, “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” (Romans 8:28).

-J.R. Miller

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