David was a worshipper, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14 & Acts 13:22). I’m sure I’m not the first to wonder, though, what it was that made him that way. Over the many years that I’ve considered it, I think I have reached a conclusion of my own.
David was a worshipper! When it came time to confront Goliath, he worshipped God. When he was finally able to bring the Ark of the Covenant home, he worshipped God. Even after realizing the great sin he had committed in his relationship with Bathsheba, he still worshipped God, even as his newborn son lay dying.
Psalms 1:1-2) 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
The first thing that caught my attention was the mention of “ungodly” and “sinners” as if they were different things. Aren’t they the same? A quick study of Strong’s concordance told me that they were not! Ungodly refers to someone who is morally wrong or morally condemned, while sinners, in this context, means a criminal or one who is a guilty offender. Certainly not a worshipper.
With either of those kinds of people, we cannot walk with them, stand with them, or sit with them. What does that mean? It means we shouldn’t “commune” with them or give them a great deal of our time. Of course, we’re going to run into these kinds of people, especially in this day and age. Besides, how would we ever witness to someone who doesn’t know God if we never have anything to do with them?
It’s hard, sometimes, to keep ourselves from getting caught up in it, which is why David goes on to say we should take our delight in the Lord and meditate on His law day and night. What’s interesting to me is that the word “meditate” here doesn’t mean simply to think about it. It’s also translated to mean mutter or talk. I’ve found that with many words in the Bible, that normally equates to mental action. They can usually be translated, in the Hebrew language, to also mean something that equals speaking, to some degree.
Moving on to verse three…
We find that we will be rooted, established, and grounded by doing these things, bringing forth good fruit. On the contrary, he says, it’s not like that for the ungodly. They will be known for how quickly they are driven away with just a burst of wind.
Did you ever notice how quickly an unsaved person will excuse themselves from Godly conversation or balk at going into the house of God? That’s because the Spirit, portrayed in places as a rushing, mighty wind, is there! It’s hard for them to stand in the presence of an Almighty God when they, themselves, are not in line with his word. It’s important to continue praying for people like this, even though our very human nature wants to become discouraged. Remember, we aren’t dealing with the person. We’re dealing with powers and principalities:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12