A Stark Contrast

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Today we find out what happens to those who do not follow thee Lord.  The last two days we have looked at Psalm 1 and learned how God would desire us to conduct our lives, and the blessing that we would  derive from following those instructions.  And it is not real complicated.  Walk in godly counsel, stay away from associating with sinners as a lifestyle, and don’t nbe negative – live a positive life.  The result will be that you are blessed by the water of the word on a regular basis, and whatever you do, God will prosper it.

The ungodly, or those who do not do what God asks of them, face a life that gives them little hope.  First, David tells us they are like chaff in the wind.  Now I have never separated chaff and wheat, but I understand that it must be done to make the wheat marketable.  The chaff is the waste product, and is not useful.  In ‘David’s day, they would pound the wheat to get the chaff out, and then they would toss the grains  up into a  light breeze and let any remaining chaff blow away.

So there are two things here, neither of which I am interested in being a part of.  First, the chaff is just blowing in the wind.  No solid life, no foundation, no direction.  It goes wherever the wind takes it.  It has no control nor hope for any future.  The second is that it is just waste and not good for anything.   Lord, help me never to fall into that category.

In verse 5 we see David say that these ungodly will not stand  when judgment day comes.  They will fall before the Lord, and that fall will be mighty.  Revalation 20:12-15 bears this out

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

He also writes that these sinners will not stand in the congregation of the righteous.  They will not partake of the blessings of the righteous, and will not at all be treated the same.  Those who think that both sinner and saint are going to be in heaven need to pay close attention to these words   Jesus did die for every soul  on earth – that iis true.  But one must accept the gift of His salvation in a personal way to be saved.  Romans 10:9-10 bears this out:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Lastly, David sums up the psalm very neatly.  God knows the righteous, bu the ungodly shall perish.  What a stark contrast!  As for me, I will follow Christ!




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