Psalm 1 1Psalm 1:1-3
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 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 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.


What a glorious, empowering, uplifting and rejuvenating word from the mouth of God. especially verse 3, "...he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season, HIS LEAF SHALL NOT WITHER and whatsoever he does shall prosper."

Before you begin to shout prematurely, it is important to define and identify who the "he" is referring to at the beginning of verse 3. In order to know that you must go back to Ps.1:1. Where the thought and chapter begins, it says, "Blessed is the man who WALKETH not in the COUNSEL of the UNGODLY...

So the "he" of VERSE 3 is making reference to the "blessed man" in verse 1. That man WALKETH not in the COUNSEL of the UNGODLY..." Let’s stop right there for just a moment. That "man" who receives the blessing of verse 3 is the same man who is living and being who he is according ro the instructions of verse 1. What are His insructions? How does he live to provoke such powerful godly favor and blessings.

Firstly, "He does not WALK in the COUNSEL of the UNGODLY."
What exactly does that mean? It means that this man is WALKING (living) or working among UNGODLY people who are seeking to give him COUNSEL. He is tempted to govern his life by their COUNSEL because of their relationship, influence or power however, the scripture teaches that if that "man" is to claim the blessing of God, he must NOT adhere to the ungodly's COUNSEL..

"Blessed is the man who WALKETH not ..." it should be noted that this passage is not instructing us to withdraw ourselves from the ungodly, but rather in the face of their influence resist the temptation to follow their lead. Ps. 1:1 is admonishing us not to "go along with them" in the development of our plans and endeavors.

The Hebrew word for "walketh" is "halak". "Halak means "to go with", "come with", "move with", "proceed with" and or "depart from with." The emphasis of the opening words of this passage is on the response of the blessed man to the "COUNSEL" of the ungodly. Don't walk away from someone or something to go with someone who is ungodly or engage in something that is ungoly that leads you in another direction.

The blessed man" resists walking away with or departing from something because of the COUNSEL he has received from the UNGODLY.

The Hebrew word for COUNSEL is "estah". It is an action word that means to advise, consult, give counsel, counsel, purpose, devise, and or plan.

The "blessed man" may be positioned to hear the COUNSEL of the UNGODLY but is instructed NOT to go,with, plan, devise or receive the UNGODLY'S directive advice. This is the first criteria if one wants to legitmately claim the blessing of God on his life and plans.

The COUNSEL that the blessed man is admonished to reject is coming from the UNGODLY. The Hebrew word for UNGODLY used here is "rasha". "Rasha" is an adjective that describes a person's nature, being or behavior. "Rasha" means "wicked: (hostile to God), criminal and guilty.

Without going into the path of the "blessed man, or who the "blessed" man is sitting with, we learn that if a man is to claim the promises and benefits of a blessed man, it starts with the choice of who he is receiving guidance from. Who is helping him to make plans, moves, choices and decisions. If you meet this criteria you can go on to find out what else it takes to be so blessed that your leaf does not wither and everything you do prospers.

This is part one of a study I am calling "CLAIMING THE BLESSED MAN PROMISES," Part 1. Keep checking for part 2 of this powerful and enlightening bible study.-Pastor Joe Flores
Pastor Joe Flores
Founding & Senior Pastor: Perfecting Saints Church
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