Psalm 1:6a Because the LORD knows where the righteous ones are going.
He knows the end of our road. That is what makes the difference. We can only take our future by faith. There is no question in God’s mind. He has already seen us enjoying him and reigning with him. All we do in this life is try to catch up and keep up with our destiny.
Psalm 1:5b Neither will sinners when the righteous ones are gathered.
The harvest metaphor continues. When Jesus raises the dead, that will be the end of pretending to bear fruit. Once he gathers his holy ones, the husks will be set apart for destruction.
Psalm 1:5a That’s why the wicked ones will not survive the judgment
Those outside of God’s covenant of grace are merely a temporary shell, with no permanent fruit. The judgment is a harvest, and during the harvest, the husks are discarded. The psalmist encourages us to think about God and his word because that develops the inner fruit which survives the harvest.
Psalm 1:4b Istead, they are like husks that will be blown away by the wind.
When we look out at a corn field, we don’t really see the corn. We see the stalks and husks. The corn which will be harvested is underneath. This age is like that. What God is doing is mostly invisible compared to the prideful lives of the wicked ones. But the psalmist tells us that those are just the temporary husks. They may seem substantial, but they are destined for destruction.
Psalm 1:4a It isn’t like that with the wicked ones.
The well watered tree is contrasted with the used up husk. It does not matter how big the husk gets; it is destined for the fire. At harvest time— that’s when we will discover our true worth. The tragedy of the wicked is that they spend their entire lives bulking up their husks. What appears to them to be success is just enlarging the surface which is to be burned up.
Psalm 1:3D and whatever it does will be successful.
The psalmist is still using the tree simile here, so we should not get too carried away with ideas about prosperity from this verse. Yes, a person who is regularly watered by God’s word can expect a return upon his investment of time and energy. But the success will be in spiritual fruit bearing. A tree is limited by its purpose. So it is with a child of God.
Psalm 1:3c and its leaf does not shrivel
This is not describing the falling leaf of Autumn. It is describing a wilting leaf due to drought. If we take our nourishment from God and his word, we will never lack the life we need. Even when hard times come— and they will — we can keep going because our strength is rooted in him. We can do without a steady rain because we are planted beside a separate water source.
Psalm 1:3b It bears it’s seasonal fruit.
Life runs in cycles. We cannot expect to have perpetual success in this age. It is not designed for that. This age has its seasons. The person whose life is centered around God and his word will persevere through each cycle in his life, And will bear some kind of fruit in it. Trust Him in the middle of the season.
Psalm 1:3a He is like a tree planted opposite irrigation channels.
You can tell the difference between trees planted in the right place and those improperly planted. The water source ensures that the tree can thrive. God’s instructions are our water source. If we stay in God’s word, just living our lives will lead to ultimate success.
Psalm 1:2b and he keeps thinking about the LORD’S instructions daily and nightly.
The person who focuses on permanent things does not have room for trivial pursuits. His daily thoughts center on what God says, and he keeps the theme as he rests at night. In fact, the word of God invaded his dreams.