Friday, April 22, 2016

Psalms 1
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.
4    The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5    Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6    For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

From the pronouncing of the godly man to be the blessed man, and not the ungodly, Learn 1.  Though sin and misery abound among men, yet blessedness may be attained; for God here pronounce some to be blessed.  2.  In relation to the seeking of blessedness, all men, within and without the visible Church,  are divided in godly men, that seek to be blessed in God's way; and ungodly men, who seek blessedness, but not in God's way; for so are they here all ranked.  3.  To determine the Question, who is the blessed man, is competent to God only, in whose hand alone it is to make a man blessed; for here he taketh it upon him, to pronounce the godly man to be the blessed man.  4.  The ungodly do think themselves very wise in following the counsel of their own heart, and of others like themselves, that they may be blessed, But this is not the way of the blessed man, He walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.  5.  The ungodly do obstinately continue in the course of sinning, but the blessed man, if he be overtaken in a sin, doth not defend his sin, nor persist in it:  He standeth not in the way of sinners.  6.  The ungodly may come to that height at length, as to mock godliness, as mere folly, and to scorn admonitions and reproofs:  But the blessed man doth never harden his heart so, as to mock piety in others, or instruction offered to himself, He sitteth not in the seat of the scornful.  7.  The blessed man maketh the word of God in holy Scripture to be his Counselor concerning the remedy of sin and misery, and to be the rule to walk by, till his blessedness be perfected for the Scripture to him, for the obedience of faith, is a Law, and that fenced with supreme authority:  It is the Law of the Lord.  8.  In that measure that a man is godly and blessed, he maketh the word of God, which holdeth forth the way of reconciliation with God through the Messiah, Christ, the way of growing in communion with God through him, the matter of his chief delight, and contentment......
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