When King David said “BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalms 1:1-3).
In so saying these words he was obviously so very very right and so very very wise as well and it is quite a thrill to read these words as if a curtain is opening to the whole book of Psalms. In the King James version of the Bible the very first word written in the Psalms is capitalised, this telling us that we are massively blessed and of course it can’t be emphasised enough that if we walk “not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners” – I take this to mean that we don’t hang out with sinners or stand in their ways – then we will be massively blessed by God and when it says, “nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” that we don’t scorn God or scorn God’s ways nor scorn others that believe in God who choose to walk in His ways, but instead, our delight should be in the law of the Lord and it is in His law that we should meditate day and night. So this begging the question: what exactly is God’s law in a nutshell? Well, interestingly enough, we read in the book of Matthew of how Jesus was set upon by the scornful, these scornful people were the Pharisees and the Sadducees. We read in (Matthew 22:34-40) words telling us:
“But when the Pharisees had heard that he (Jesus) had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So there is the whole law of God spoken by Jesus Himself, telling us what every prophet was all about. Every prophet was all about loving God and others and this was all they had on their mind and they were fully aware that the second was like unto the first in that when we are loving our neighbour then we are loving God. Whatever we do to each other we are in this same sense doing it to God and if we are hung up on anything in life then we should be hung up, as were the prophets, on these two great commandments. We should hang out with all of the saints and the prophets until the time comes that we too are like them in that we hang on to these two commandments of love with all of our hearts, and with all of our souls, and with all of our minds, then we like them will be “…like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” and we won’t end up like the ungodly who are like the shaff which the wind driveth away.