Short Meditations in Psalms: 1.6 Distinctions (2)
Psa 1:6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
We are aware that our writing in the previous meditation may sound arrogant to the unbeliever and even harsh but all we have been doing in this psalm is acknowledge the truths that are here. There are people who are righteous (because God has declared them to be so through faith in Christ) and there are people who are not righteous (or unrighteous, because they refuse to believe in Christ.)
The clarity of this first psalm allows for no blurred edges. You are either one or the other – righteous or unrighteous. The righteous delights in the Law of the Lord, or God’s will, and they think often on it, seeking to conform to it, allowing God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide them into living within it.
They have come to God through the finished work of Jesus Christ and have accepted that work as applying to their life, accepting that they were a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness and cleansing, and receiving what Jesus did to enable God to forgive and cleanse them and adopt them as a child of God. There are no distinctions here, it applies to both men and women, and all have to discern into which ‘camp’ they fall.
This psalm concludes with this wonderful thought that those of us who can now call themselves ‘righteous’ for the reasons given previously, have this sense of being watched over and guarded by God. Eternal life is their destiny but all others will perish eternally.
We should, before finishing this psalm, further counter the accusation of those who would say that we are being unkind, and uncharitable to consign some people to eternal death, by pointing out that the Bible is full of instruction that clearly shows the way of getting right with God, through Jesus Christ, and if anyone cannot put themselves in the ‘righteous’ category, it is simply because they have not availed themselves of the salvation that Jesus Christ so clearly offers in the New Testament.
In one sense our eternal destiny is in our own hands. The one thing this psalm does so clearly is mark out the distinctions of heart and behaviour and destiny of two different sorts of people. You are ether one or the other. Go through the psalm again and be quite clear which one you are.
The ‘righteous’ are those who have a relationship with God, now through Jesus Christ. Everyone else is in God’s eyes ‘wicked’, a ‘sinner’ and ‘unrighteous’. Where are you?