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Two Men, Two Ways
By Pastor John

Psalm 1:1-6
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 1 speaks of two men - the blessed man and the cursed man.

Psalm 1 speaks of two ways - God's way and man's way.

Psalm 1 speaks of two destinies - eternal life and eternal death.

What The Blessed Man Must Not Do

1. He must not walk in the counsel of the wicked.

What God says is often much different from what the world says.

Raising children
Proverbs 13:24
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
   
Deuteronomy 6:6-9
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Marriage
Ephesians 5:25
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

"It is no small gift from God to find a wife who is pious and easy to get along with."
-- Martin Luther.

2. He must not stand in the way of sinners.

"In the way of" = on the path of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

Sins men struggle with.
Pornography
Adultery
Greed
Covetousness

"He cannot bless us unless he has us.  When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death.  Therefore, in love, He claims all.  There's no bargaining with Him." 
   -- C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory.  Christianity Today, Vol. 34, no. 16.

3. He must not sit in the seat of mockers.

Those who walk in the counsel of the wicked and stand in the way of sinners inevitably sit in the seat of mockers.

Those that listen to the world and engage in worldly sins cannot help but have worldly attitudes.

To refuse God's way is to mock God.

What The Blessed Man Must Do

1. He must delight in the law of the Lord.

Law = Christ is the fulfillment of the law = law of love.

2. He must meditate day and night on God's Word.

Psalm 19:7-10
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The Results for The Blessed Man
Psalm 1:3
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

He is blessed

The Results for The Other Man
Psalm 1:4-6
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.


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