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Introduction
In our culture, we use many different labels to define us.
For example, and I’m sure you’ve heard of these before:
Republicans and Democrats.
Conservatives and Liberals.
Blue Collars and White Collars.
Right Wing, Left Wing, and Center Wing.
The 99% and the 1%
And the list goes on.
And what these labels do is tell a story about a person’s life.
What are your views on politics, on culture, on men and women, on economics, and so on and so forth?
And for better or for worse, these labels exist to identify who you are and how you relate with different areas of life.
What are your views on politics, on culture, on men and women, on economics, and so on and so forth?
And for better or for worse, these labels exist to identify who you are and how you relate with different areas of life.
But while the world operates almost solely on these labels, there is a serious issue.
Who is missing from these labels?
God is.
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All of the labels that our culture uses have little or nothing to do with the Creator of the Universe.
Yet, the most important question at the end of the day is not how you align with man, but how you align with God.
And that is exactly the question of .
uses labels as well, but these labels pertain to how man relates with God.
Take a look at the text, and we see two major labels: the Righteous and the Wicked.
We can also bring in how the rest of the Bible defines man:
Believers and unbelievers
Sheep and the goats
Light and darkness
Children of God and the children of the devil
The narrow way and the broad way
The saints of Christ and the men of the world
And again, all of these labels are defined by how one relates with God.
At the very end of your life, the ultimate question is not what are your views on politics, or what was your socio-economic status, or so on.
The ultimate question is: how do you relate with God?
The ultimate question is: how do you relate with God?
Do you love God, or hate God?
Do you believe in Christ, or do you reject Christ?
Do you live your life by Scripture, or do you live by what the world says?
And this is the matter that I want to bring before you this morning in .
sets us on the ultimate cross-roads, where we are only given two roads to life: The way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked.
And that’s it; just two ways of living that will determine your eternal destiny.
The way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked.
And that’s it; just two ways of living that will determine your eternal destiny.
And so for our time together, I want us to carefully consider what says about the way of the righteous.
How does one who belongs to God look like?
How does one who belongs to God look like?
So in , we will see three pictures of the righteous path that will direct us to live consecrated lives to the Lord.
The Righteous Are Separated from the World (v. 1)
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the cpath of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
I want to start by pointing out two observations.
First, I want you to to notice that verse 1 starts with the words: "How blessed!"
First, I want you to to notice that verse 1 starts with the words: "How blessed!"
Blessing is the happiness that comes from a right relationship with God.
There are 24 other Psalms that contain this blessing, and every one of them describes God’s people in some way.
Blessing is the happiness that comes from a right relationship with God.
There are 24 other Psalms that contain this blessing, and every one of them describes God’s people in some way.
Some Psalms say that God’s people are blessed because He forgives their sins.
Some Psalms say that God’s people are blessed because He forgives their sins.
Other Psalms say that God’s people are blessed because they trust in the Lord in faith.
Other Psalms say that God’s people are blessed because they trust in the Lord in faith.
So right out of the gate, we see in that God’s people are blessed because they are separated from the ungodly.
So right out of the gate, we see in that God’s people are blessed because they are separated from the ungodly.
Secondly, I want you to notice that verse 1 is all about what the righteous man does not do.
Secondly, I want you to notice that verse 1 is all about what the righteous man does not do.
We see that in the three negative actions in verse 1:
We see that in the three negative actions in verse 1: This man does not walk… does not stand… and does not sit.
And the force of the Hebrew is that he does not do these things at all.
This man does not walk… does not stand… and does not sit.
And the force of the Hebrew is that he does not do these things at all.
And the main idea of verse 1 is this: God’s people are to be totally separated from ungodliness (x 2).
And the main idea of verse 1 is this:
God’s people are to be totally separated from ungodliness (x 2).
So let's consider these three actions of verse 1, one at a time.
So let's consider these three actions of verse 1, one at a time.
First, the blessed man does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
This means that God’s people do not live according to ungodly principles.
Now, we see that in the word "walk."
In the Hebrew mind, walking is a picture of living.
Your walk is your life; and the nature of your walk is determined by the standards which govern your life.
So walking could be positive, such as walking in the Law of the Lord.
But in this case, the Psalmist draws our attention to the counsel of the wicked.
Now the word counsel means advice, or instruction, that comes from some kind of wisdom.
And so we need to consider this question: what does wicked wisdom look like?
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15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, cnatural, demonic.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, cnatural, demonic.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.
The counsel that the wicked give is not heavenly, but it is earthly.
It is not spiritual, but it is natural.
It is not spiritual, but it is natural.
It is not godly, but it is demonic.
It is not godly, but it is demonic.
It does not produce holy living, but it produces disorder and every evil thing.
It does not produce holy living, but it produces disorder and every evil thing.It is not God-exalting but man-centered.
It is not God-exalting but man-centered.
It is not God-exalting but man-centered.
This is how the world walks.
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