Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | June 14, 2010

Two Kinds of Life Contrasted

Psalms 1 clearly reveals and contrasts the outcomes for those whose lives are “godly” and for those whose lives are “ungodly”. As Christians, we need to be constantly aware of our heritage in the Lord and also our boundaries as God’s Chosen Generation, a Holy Nation. For God’s people, there are certain parameters of a godly life…and as we walk in them, God says in His Word that we should EXPECT different “outcomes” than the ones described for the ungodly!

Every good study of the Psalms includes a certain awareness of the very FIRST one that introduces the Book. In only 6 short verses, the contrasts are well-marked and vividly graphic. The godly man is blessed…fortunate, favored, and bequeathed with the benefit of being like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth (spiritual) fruit in its season. The ungodly, it bluntly reveals, are not so. They are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Good fruit remains and sustains…chaff is scattered and leaves nothing to show for itself!

The blessed man clearly knows and follows through with what NOT to do….and what TO do!

The godly person does NOT: live his live by the counsel and advice of those who are ungodly and wicked. He does NOT stand around with sinners, having continued fellowship with them; for the friends one chooses determine to a large extent one’s destiny and success in life. And finally, the godly are NOT scornful, arrogant, haughty, impolite, cynical, sarcastic, overbearing, fault-finding, or critical as are the ungodly.

INSTEAD, he delights in doing everything the Lord wants, and he thinks about and meditates upon the truth of God…day and night. He is full of this truth…therefore, he bears the fruit of truth…purity, holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, goodness, love, peace, joy, and he is able to control himself when tempted by evil. What power! It comes ONLY from the HOLY SPIRIT with whom He fellowships day and night!

Even the leaves on the branches of his life are healthy…not withering…because they are drawing strength from the rivers of water by which his life is planted! THIS ONE prospers, making headway and getting along in life. He thrives and flourishes within his heart…even though the outward circumstances about him may lack at times. His spirit grows and develops in spite of situations that are otherwise discouraging.

The ungodly have no such promise or result in the face of similar things. And their long range outlook is bleak and desolate, for they will be condemned at the time of judgment…for not believing, receiving, or doing the things the godly do by virtue of the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within. The ungodly have no place among the godly, and their life path leads to destruction.

But our Holy God watches over the life path of the godly…and His promises are “yes” and “amen”…or “so be it”, to those who receive His heritage and willingly walk within His parameters of godliness. No promise of God is without responsible action which is taken on our part. No one will prosper in spirit UNTIL he starts doing what God says….progressively, in all areas of life. Even the ungodly want the promised benefits without responsible commitment…but it will never happen. Truth thriving within a heart takes time to develop and through patient pursuit of His promises, we may expect His Word to mature in our lives…and the outcomes to be blessed!

As Christians, we must remind ourselves continually of these promises…thinking on them, and meditating on them MORE than we do on the current gloom and doom reports in the news. As doers of the Word, we shall be found holding fast to the promises of God, trusting Him to fulfill every word to BOTH the godly as well as the ungodly! Just thinking upon that truth…frees the godly from the terror that flies by day AND night! We MUST be found faithfully “doing His Word” when He comes!

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

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