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107: The Beatitudes; The Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

When we take a product, and it is labeled pure, it means that the container is full of the pure product without anything else added; that there is nothing but the purest product in the container!

The word heart refers to the mind or spirit; the term pure in heart refers to a purity of mind and cleanness from all thoughts contrary to the Word of God.

The term “pure in heart” in spiritual terms means to be full of the pure Word of God, with nothing else present to compromise the purity of our heart, our thoughts or our mind.  We are to become full of an innocence from all sin and the pure perfect nature of God, through learning and keeping the whole word of God, which is truth!

To be “pure of heart” is to be without any deceit and to be wholeheartedly filled with the whole Word of God; it means to have a heart  of submissiveness to the writing of the Word of God upon our hearts by our Father in heaven.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Deuteronomy 26:16 is the baptismal commitment that we all made:

Deuteronomy 26:16 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 26:17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 26:18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar [special] people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

1 Kings 8:55 And he [Solomon] stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 8:56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. 8:57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers. 8:59 And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require: 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else. 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

2 Chronicles 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 15:14 And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.

Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart [a life pure from the sin of  departing from the word of God]; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Purity of heart means an honest innocence and sincerity of mind, without any duplicity or guile! An uncompromising commitment to the whole word of God and to become like the Father in heaven without any pollution of wavering or turning aside to the left or the right

It means an uncompromising childlike single-minded humble dedication to writing the whole word of God in our minds and on our hearts; it is the heartfelt desire to become like our Father in heaven!

To be pure from the leaven of sin and compromise with the word and nature of God, the single-minded wholehearted effort; to be perfect, as God is perfect, and to be pure from all uncleanness, and to be free from the leaven of sin as our Father is pure and perfect and free from all sin.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

We are to seek to be pure as God our Father is pure, to be holy as our Father is holy, to be perfect as our Father is perfect!

We are to be at ONE with God our Father in heaven as little children seek to please and be like their father’s on earth.

If our chief and most sincere honest desire, is to please our Father in heaven and to be like him; then we may truly rejoice in our love for our Father and the birthright of our calling to become children of the King of the Universe!

When our Father sends his firstborn son to gather us up to his heavenly courts and gives us the gift of eternal life for our single-minded love and dedication to Him; we shall rejoice as David did before the tabernacle on the earth; and at the marriage of the Lamb, we shall sing the Song of Moses!

 

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Dear Brethren,

In the sixth Beatitude, Christ said Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8) 

Who are the “pure in heart”? And why are they blessed?

The Greek word for “pure” in Matthew 5: 8 is katharos. Fundamentally, it signifies that which is clean, or free from any contaminating substance. Jesus tells us in this sixth Beatitude that God blesses those whose hearts are pure, (free of contamination) and He goes on to say that they will see God.  It is sin that stains and contaminates our hands and our hearts and when we have unrepentant sin in our lives, it stains and contaminates our inner most being.

The Greek word katharos is (Strong’s #2513) and means: clean (literally or figuratively)  clean, clear, pure. (Strong’s Concordance)

The English definition for “pure”: when a thing is pure it is unmixed, unalloyed, unadulterated, uncontaminated or undefiled by anything foreign to itself. Depending upon the context, it can take on such meanings as clear, entire, true, perfect, sterling, chaste, virginal, immaculate, spotless, untainted, good, moral, impeccable, honorable, principled, ethical, guiltless, flawless, sincere.

Synonyms: absolute, fine, neat, plain,  purified, refined, straight, unadulterated, unalloyed, undiluted, unmixed.

Katharos is translated as “clean” in the following verse where Jesus told Peter that he and the other disciples were all “clean” (in a spiritual sense) except for the one that would betray Him.

John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 13:11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

David asks who will ascend into the hill (kingdom) of God, who will BE THERE on that day when God is set upon His HOLY PLACE? He then answers his own question: Only those who have clean hands and a pure heart will see God and will be rewarded by being given the privilege of receiving eternal life.

Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psalm 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

This Beatitude and many other Scriptures teach us that purity begins in the heart (in our minds) the inner most part of our being and within our moral conscience .

The Greek word for heart is phrén (Strong’s 5424) and means midriff, heart, mind, intellect, thought, understanding. (Strong’s Concordance)

There are many Scriptures that use the term “the heart”: to represent the seat of all of our feelings and thoughts. It is from the heart that we speak, for our thoughts are exposed by the things that come out of our mouths. 

It is by our words that we reveal what we are thinking about and we reveal the kind of person we are by the things that we say. Scriptures use the term “the heart” to discuss the wellspring of a person’s thoughts and attitudes, whether they be good or bad; and what is in our hearts will eventually manifest into words and actions.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Matthew 12:33 A goodman out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

When David repented of his sins of adultery and murder, he prayed to God to create a clean (pure) heart in him and to renew a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).

When David committed the combined sins of adultery and murder, God revealed to him that his lust for another man’s wife began in his heart; also, it was from within his heart that he devised a devious plan to have her husband Uriah killed in order to hide his sin of adultery.

David came to recognize that the attitudes and covetousness that he saw in his heart were the things that were defiling him; that not only did he need to repent of the literal sins he had committed, but he had to clean up a filthy heart from which the wicked deeds were conceived.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

As children of God and as future members of God’s own family it is imperative to have a clean and pure heart. This is what David prayed for in his prayer of repentance. He asked God to purge him with hyssop and to make him whiter than snow beginning with his heart.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

We see from this psalm that God desires the purity of innocence in the inner most part of our being, uncontaminated and undefiled by any thought of sinning.

God also desires truth to be the basis of all our thoughts, words, and actions.  

To have pure motives that are free of deceit coming from the heart indicates one who sincerely longs to please God and serve others for the sheer unselfish joy of honoring his Creator. To be pure of heart and free from all guile is indeed one of the loftiest goals we could have as a called out child of God.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Blessed are the Pure in Heart, For They Shall SEE God

As with all the previous Beatitudes we have studied so far, this one too has an incredible promise from God; Jesus tells us that one who has a clean (pure) heart shall SEE [know] God.

The Greek word for “see” as used in Matthew 5:8 is  horaó: (Strong’s #3708) and it means: to see, perceive, attend to. Short Definition: I see, look upon, experience, perceive, discern, beware. (Strong’s Concordance)

HELPS Word-studies defines Horáō as follows: it is often used with a metaphorical meaning: “to see with the mind” (i.e. spiritually see), i.e. perceive (with inward spiritual perception). 

It is only reasonable to conclude that the term “see” as used in Matthew 5:8 means more than merely seeing something with our eyes in the literal sense. The word “see” when figuratively employed, denotes “to perceive, recognize, experience, etc.” What, then, is the meaning of the promise in the second half of Matthew 5:8: That the pure of heart will see God?

The apostle John teaches us that when Christ appears, those who are chosen to be in the resurrection to eternal life shall be like Him and we shall see Him as He is:, we will have the experience of seeing Him in all of His glory and in all of His fullness, for we will be with Him and will be able to see Him face to face.

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. .

To have the privilege and honor of being a part of the resurrection to spirit and to be chosen to be a king/priest who will live and work with God and actually be with Him in His Kingdom for all eternity; is what true Christians are being called to set as their ultimate goal in this life; and to be seeking this goal with all of their hearts. After saying that we shall see Christ, John tells us that if we have this hope of seeing Him in the resurrection that we must seek to purify ourselves and become pure just as Christ is pure.

1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

To see God in the future resurrection and to be granted the privilege of entering into God’s kingdom and to have that as our goal is more worthy than seeking anything else this world. Nothing can even begin to compare with what God offers to those called to be the sons of God!

But to achieve that goal we must have clean hearts and live clean lives, seeking purity in every aspect of life. Those who do so will be extremely blessed.

In order for us to see God in the future and to be with Him, our immediate goal, by necessity, is to seek to be pure from all spiritual uncleanness in our day to day living.

A Second Aspect of Seeing God

We talked about how those who are pure of heart will see God when they are resurrected.  But there is another aspect of seeing God that is also a great blessing, for we can also see and know God while we are still yet living in the flesh to a certain degree. 

Just as the other Beatitudes have a present and future fulfillment, this Beatitude does as well; for the more we are walking in the righteousness of God, the more we come to know God, and the more He will pour out His Holy Spirit upon us. When we have the Holy Spirit indwelling within us it imparts us with spiritual discernment and understanding.

Discernment is a gift from God and is a type of spiritual understanding that lights up the truth of God’s Word and it helps us to “see” the things of God more clearly. We, in essence, begin to “perceive” the deep spiritual meaning in God’s Word that we could not understand before; and not only that, but we will be able to perceive His guiding hand upon all of the circumstances of our lives and know that He is orchestrating the events of our lives for our highest good even when we are going through painful trials. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that God reveals His truth to us and by His Spirit we are able to see spiritual the things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

When we become spiritually discerning, we will come to see God’s character, His nature, and His works and attributes. God gives understanding to those of a pure heart. They come to see [know] more fully who God is and what He is all about, and they are able to see His Purpose that He has for them, and for the rest of mankind at a future date. In that way we are very much blessed even while we are still in these physical bodies.

Here are some Scriptures that expound upon this principle: 

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

God tells Daniel that in the end times the wise (those who are keeping His commandments and therefore are pure of heart) will understand.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

And Solomon said that if we want to see God’s truth and come to deep understanding of it, that we will heed (hear and learn) God’s wise counsel.

Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Jesus tells us that if we seek purity [innocence from all sin] of heart, God will give us the gift of discernment. To “see” [know, understand] God we must be close to Him. If we are far from him (just as when we are trying to see far away objects) the things of God will not be clear to us.

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

The Greek word for single is haplous (Strong’s #573) and it means: good, in which there is nothing complicated or confused; without folds; whole; of the eye, good, fulfilling its office, sound. (Strong’s Concordance)

Therefore if our eye is “single” [focused on God and His Word] , we will be able to see clearly and discern God’s unadulterated truth contained in the Bible; likewise we will also be able to discern when we are being taught false doctrines or opinions of men.

We will be able to discern (or see) what path God wants us to take and will make wise decisions based upon all of His commandments and His Word.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

In Revelation 3:18 God warns the Laodiceans to repent of being spiritually blind and to anoint their eyes with eye salve so that they can “see”.  He says that they cannot see clearly and it is because they are not zealous (hot) to keep all of His commandments; rather they are lukewarm.  In essence they are not putting God first in their lives themselves which includes keeping themselves pure from false doctrines and seeking after idols (including men and their organizations). Also, they have let other things become mixed in with their spiritual beliefs and they have other priorities in life with one foot in the faith and the other foot in the world. They are in need of repentance so that they can wear white, pure, clean, spiritual raiment and be blessed with seeing God, both now at this present time, but more importantly at the resurrection and in the Kingdom of God.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

To be pure of heart is to repent of all sin and to STOP sinning and to become zealous to live by every Word of God; then God will heal us of our spiritual blindness  and then we shall see Him and we shall see His Kingdom.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!

How Do We Keep Our Minds Pure?

As the saying goes: “garbage in, garbage out”, and in looking up similar sayings, I found that this is now a common reference used in our modern tech language as it refers to computer programming.

This is how this concept is defined in the  Cultural Dictionary: “This saying points out the fact that a computer can do only what it is programmed to do and is only as good as the data it receives and the institutions it is given. If there is a logical error in software, or if incorrect data entered, the result will probably be either a wrong answer or a system crash.”

Computers are similar to our minds: Whatever we program our minds with, is what we will manifest in our thoughts, words, and actions and will eventually become part of our character.

The Bible has many verses that help us in this regard by teaching us that we must GUARD and PROTECT what we allow to enter our HEARTS (minds), what we allow ourselves to view with our eyes and what we allow ourselves to listen to, and even the kind of people we allow ourselves to hang out with. 

The apostle Paul shows us how we are to use our minds, and as we fill our minds with the things of God and constantly meditate upon them in our hearts, those things will become our focus and will begin to manifest themselves in our words and actions.

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

We live in a society permeated with immoral speech and behavior and it is everywhere:; from television sitcoms, movies, video games, the music we listen to, the Internet and from the people that surround us. Impure things are now paraded for all to watch and hear and they are everywhere; things that would have been unthinkable to even talk about a few years ago are now the norm.  We are exposed to profanity and immorality at every turn, whether we want to see and hear these things or not. 

This is where it gets very difficult to keep oneself pure. We are living in a time that Daniel talked about; when the transgression on earth would come to the full. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 that just like it was before the flood, the end time would be full of very evil imagination and abomination.

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full….

Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God”. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

One way to keep pure is to do everything in our power to avoid exposing our minds to the garbage that is in this world as much as possible and to keep filling our minds with the things of God, rather than mindlessly watching violent and perverse television shows or movies. Likewise, in Proverbs we are told to guard our hearts with all diligence.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The Hebrew word for “keep” in this passage is netzor (Strong’s # 5341) and it means to guard, protect. We are to guard and protect our heart with all diligence.

We can ask God to help protect our minds and our hearts from the evil that permeates our environment and to place a hedge of protection to help guard our minds. We must cry out to God continuously to deliver us from being influenced by the wickedness that is in the world and from being subjected to the principalities and the rulers of darkness.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Paul admonishes us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might by putting on the full armor of God. He further prescribes the way we can keep ourselves pure and how to defend ourselves from being defeated by the spiritual principalities that permeate the present evil world we live in.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Another way to guard our hearts is to be judicious about the companions and the religious groups we choose to fellowship with. The Book of Proverbs addresses this by advising us to be careful about the kinds of friends we choose and the kind of people that we choose to hang out with for they can adversely affect us for either good or evil.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

The apostle Paul has advice in this regard as well:

1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

We must not be fooled into thinking that we can influence foolish friends and those who are in rebellion against God, and thereby think that we are doing them a favor by spending time with them. Rather than thinking we will have a good influence on them, it is more likely that they will bring us down to their level if we fellowship with those who do not live according to God’s ways.

Haggai 2:11 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, 2:12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 2:13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 2:14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

To help protect our character and our reputations, it is very wise to set policies/rules for ourselves that will help us to avoid getting into situations that might present temptation, or even to give the appearance to others that we are involved with evil. There is that old saying “you are known by the company that you keep.”

Paul told the Corinthians, to flee fornication, don’t even allow yourself be in a place or situation that might put you in danger of defilement.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication [pornea – all sexual sin] . Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For single Christians, it is good to have a set rules for dating and never deviate from those rules. Good rules to follow would be: (1) To not even think of dating someone who is obviously not a true Christian and (2) when on a date to stay in the company of others and not allow ourselves to be alone with someone of the opposite sex. 

If the one you are dating or hanging out with, even though he or she says that he or she is a Christian, does not respect your rules for dating, then walk away, don’t even look back. In this way you can keep yourself pure. (1st Timothy 5:22)

The same for married people, if you, too, have set rules about who you keep company with or what you allow as far as being alone with others, they can help to keep you far from anything that could jeopardize your marriage. Again, “keep yourself pure” at all costs.

And even if others call you old fashioned, a prude, or paranoid, so what! If you set rules about what you will and will not allow in dating, those rules will serve you well and will help to keep you to stay pure in relationships.

Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of sin.

Having a pure heart first of all, means living by the every Word of God in the letter of His law and also in all of its spiritual intent; which then makes our hearts morally pure.

Living by all of God’s commandments, statutes, ordinances and judgments; living for the purpose of God, totally dedicated to serving only Him and having a single-minded devotion to Him: is living a life that is pleasing to God.

The pure of heart seek to obey Him, not only in the letter of the law, but in the full spiritual intent of the law, with even their thoughts and attitudes completely void of deceit, covetousness, adultery, fornication or anything associated with sexual uncleanness, hatred, murder, anger, or any of the things that the Bible calls the works of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

These things are the opposite of what it means to be pure of heart. Replacing the works of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit will make our hearts pure.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

When we seek God’s forgiveness and mercy to cover all our sincerely repented past sins and cleanse ourselves with the pure washing of the Word and strive to rid our hearts of all the things that defile them; then we can say with David, a man after God’s own heart, who loved God and loved all of His laws:

Psalm 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

In Psalm 19, David speaks of the wonders of God’s law and what it does for anyone who seeks to know and live God’s way.  For the person who commits to live according to every Word of God and who believes that the commandments are blessings and not burdens; they will experience God’s  blessings. 

In these verses we are told that the commandments of God are pure and they enlighten the eyes, (helps us to see) similar to the sixth Beatitude.

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

In this passage David tells us of the blessings of keeping all of God’s laws, testimonies, statutes, commandments, and judgments and what they will do for us if we will only hear and apply them to our hearts.

David describes in beautiful terms the virtues of God’s law as being perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, righteous and enduring forever. The keeping of them is what makes us pure of heart.

David then lists the rewards for obeying the Law of God for those who will apply them to their lives. The psalm says that Gods commandments, statutes, etc. will do certain things:

1. They will convert the soul

2. They will make wise the simple

3. They will rejoice the heart

4. They will enlighten the eyes

5. And they will warn His servants

All these things: God’s law, commandments, statutes, judgments are to be desired more than fine gold and David says that they are better than the sweetest honey and the honeycomb!

Psalm 19:12 David asks: “who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.”

As David contemplates on the perfectness and purity of God’s laws, he then considers how imperfect he is in comparison. He becomes aware of hidden faults and presumptuous sins, and he prays that God will cleanse his heart of these things and keep him back from harboring these sins, and that they would not have any control over him. 

Things that are hidden, what we might describe as our personal blind spots, or things that are deep within our hearts that only God can see, are revealed to us through deep meditation on the Word of God and by prayer. 

In Psalm 19 David prays that everything within his soul be acceptable [pleasing] to God. And this is what we must be seeking and praying for as well, if we want to be pure of heart and to be able to see God.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

David concludes his prayer to God by asking Him to help him to keep all his words and the thoughts of his heart acceptable (pure) and he then acknowledges God as his strength (enabler) and Redeemer; the One who saves him, who alone is able to make this possible by the power of His Holy Spirit, God’s gift to those who love and obey Him.

David’s prayer is an example of asking God for heart cleansing and making it pure and this should be our prayer too, that God would help us to become perfect and pure and hold us back from all sin, including the things that are hidden.

God Desires TRUTH in the Inward Recesses of our Hearts

Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Without a pure heart we cannot walk with God. TRUTH is the basis for knowing God and growing to know Him more, and purity begins with truth. To have a pure heart is foundational to all the Beatitudes for in order to even exhibit the other seven it is imperative that we start with pure motives to cleanse our hearts of sin and falsehood.

The poor in spirit mourn for their sins and the conditions of the world; they are meek and teachable like a young child; they hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God; they are peace maker’s; and they do these things in sincerity of heart and with no deceit in their hearts at all.

God is truth and He wants us to be seeking and striving to have a completely pure mind with nothing but His pure truth in our hearts, with no deceit or ulterior motives.

Psalm 119:151 You are near, O LORD; and all your commandments are truth.

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Are we as Christians truly following the pure Word of God or are we following the words of mere men who teach contrary to God’s Word? 

To be pure of heart we must guard the truth and not let it become tainted with anything that is not of God or is not in accordance with His Word. We must not let any man take our crown by allowing them to defile the things contained in God’s Word.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

We need to keep our focus on God’s truth at all times to keep us from being misled by the deceitful teachers that abound all around us in our present evil world and who have even subtly crept into and amongst the Ekklesia (Please see the whole epistle of Jude).

People who are not called and who do not have God’s Spirit want to defend what they believe as being the truth, but the question is: What is truth? The Bible must define to us what truth is, in order for us to know if we are keeping it or not. So what does the Bible say is truth? According to the Bible TRUTH is God’s Word.

John:17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere [pure milk] of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

We are taught throughout the Bible, that it is the Word of God and all of His commandments that define purity and truth; and that the keeping of them begins in the very utmost regions of our heart or mind, and is what makes us pure.

Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

In many places we are told to keep God’s commandments and all of His ways with ALL OUR HEARTS

Deuteronomy 30:2 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Deuteronomy 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

The whole chapter of Psalm 119 is about loving God’s law with all of its facets of meanings, and how we are to keep God’s commandments and apply them to our lives. It starts out by saying:

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 119:3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 119:4 You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.

Those who have entered a covenant relationship with God and who are His, are in the process of having His commandments written on their hearts as they experience life and as they diligently study God’s Word and apply the things they are learning to their very character.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

And if we depart from all iniquity and seek only God’s truth and seek to live by every Word of God, we will be a clean and pure vessel which can be used by God and we will be prepared for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

In Conclusion

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine

What does it take to be pure of heart in a world that is far from purity and holiness? It takes a lot of courage! We must be willing to step out and be different from the people of the world and we must be diligent to keep ourselves from being influenced from the defilement that engulfs our world and its culture. This is not easy, Brethren, but with God’s help and praying daily for the help we need, we must keep ourselves pure. If we will do this, we have the incredible hope of someday being able to see God, and we will live in His presence forever.

If we have this hope in us of someday seeing God after we are resurrected, literally in all of His MAGNIFICENCE and all of His GLORY, as sons and daughters of the Most High God, this  hope will motivate us to purify ourselves, even as God is pure for only the pure in heart are going to see Him.

To strive to have hearts that are pure is a very worthwhile goal to set for ourselves, for the reward for becoming pure and to walk in God’s truth will be: That we will in the resurrection of the just and we will be able to see and know God, and not only see Him, but we will be fashioned in spirit to be like Him.

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

The Way of the Righteous Versus the Way of the Ungodly

Psalm 1 Commentary

This psalm states from the beginning that the one that walks in the ways of a righteousness is BLESSED. It teaches that righteousness begins in the heart for David expounds upon the importance of setting God’s law before us day and night, meditating upon it and delighting in all of God’s Word.

This psalm, like the sixth Beatitude, begins with “blessed is”(happy is) and contains marvelous promises for those who choose to walk in the way of righteousness, and therefore are internalizing God’s holiness and purity into their very character, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

In this Psalm a righteous person is compared (or contrasted) to the person who is ungodly. In verse 1 we are told that blessed is the righteous person who has set in his heart that he will not do certain things:

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

This says a righteous person:

1. Refuses to walk in the counsel of the ungodly

2. Refuses to stand in the way (path) of sinners

3. Refuses to sit with the scornful and mockers of God and His law.

Psalm 1 says “blessed is the man” that  will not allow himself to fellowship, or walk in the way, (or even sit) with those who do not delight to do God’s law. Not only does he refuse to do be influenced by the ungody but he also delights in God’s law and meditates on it night and day. 

The rest of the psalm warns what will happen to the ungodly man, with a concluding statement that ultimately ungodly men perish. The Hebrew word that is used for “blessed” is asher (Strong’s #835) and is defined as:

Or rasher {aw-share’}; a primitive root; to be straight (used in the widest sense, especially to be level, right, happy); figuratively, to go forward, be honest, proper (call, be) bless(-ed, happy), go, guide, lead, relieve. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

In English, the definition of the word “blessed” from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary is:

1. Blessed, hallowed; holy

2. Favored with blessings; blissful; joyful

3. Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness; beatified

As we see from the definition in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the root of the Hebrew word, asher, means “to be straight” or “right”. If a man or woman is straight or right with God, that person will be happy, content, i.e. blessed. 

This state is attainable by anyone who will follow God’s guidelines, no matter what their status or station in life might be. This kind of blessing is not like the blessings that come from having wealth, fame, beauty, or physical strength, etc. which are temporal and quickly fade away. It is the way of righteousness that leads to lasting blessedness and happiness. Whereas the ways of the ungodly lead only to misery, destruction, and death; even though it may appear that they are being blessed in this lifetime.

A righteous man does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.

A righteous person will not allow himself to think a certain way, behave a certain way, nor allow himself to associate with a certain kind of group, i.e. to sit with those who scorn and mock the things of God and who make fun of God’s people.

When we associate with ungodly people, we eventually find ourselves thinking and then acting the same way they do. When we allow ourselves to be in the presence of evil people, it is difficult to avoid being influenced by them. If we are not careful, we eventually begin to think and act as they do. 

First, we may find ourselves listening to and then acting upon their suggestions and their advice; we may begin to feel that it will not matter if we compromise a little bit to fit in with ungodly friends and/or the rest of the crowd. Because sin tends to be progressive, one evil propensity or act leads to another and compromising with our convictions leads to outright breaking of God’s laws. If we do not recognize what is happening and do not repent quickly, we may over time end up abandoning our faith altogether.   

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners [bad company corrupts good morals].

Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools [those who are lawless and foolish] shall be destroyed [will be harmed and will come to ruin].

Ungodly men and women, including those we listen to in the media, like to try to give us their evil counsel and advice. They want to advise us and influence us into doing things the way they would do things. But a righteous person knows that it is in his best interest to reject ungodly people’s counsel and not to even listen to them.

A righteous person must know how to discern when counsel is ungodly. He gains this skill by studying, meditating, and practicing Gods laws; and as he obeys God’s commandments, he will grow in understanding and discernment.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…

We, ourselves, can sometimes be the source of ungodly counsel if we are not careful. If we are not staying close to God and not studying His Word; our advice can come from our own heart, our own conscience (which may not be consistent with God’s laws), or even from prior biased beliefs that come from things we have been taught in the past. That is why we need to be constantly proving all things to make sure our belief systems are in accordance with all of God’s Word; that our hearts are consistent to what He says is right and good. It is God and His Word that should be our foremost counselor!

God tells us: Psalm 119:24 His testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

And God tells us through Paul to prove the things we believe from Scripture and hold on to only those things that are good [that are true], implying that we must root out anything that is not congruent with the whole Word of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Our best counselor is God’s Word, and if we do listen to a godly counselor, that person will give counsel according to all of God’s testimonies and His laws and they, themselves, will be exemplifying a godly life.

A righteous person does not stand (as submissive and inactive, or actively following the ways of sinners) in the way of sinners.

A “way” can also be called a “path” and a righteous person knows that he does not belong on the same path that sinners walk. Those who are pure of heart and who want to obey God are not going in the same direction as those who are ungodly and not walking in the ways of God for the ungodly are on a different road altogether. 

A godly person has chosen to go the path that leads to the Promised Land, and even if that path is narrow and may be hard, the righteous man knows that it leads to spiritual riches, blessings, and eternal life with God in His Kingdom.

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

A righteous person does not sit (is not scornful) in the seat of the scornful.

How many times a day do we hear others mock and scorn the things of God and even God Himself? It is sometimes easy to get caught up with those who behave foolishly around us thinking that they are funny and because part of what they say is indeed true, so therefore we may think that it is alright if we laugh with them.

But a godly person will not sit with the scornful and then join in with their mockery and criticism of God and His people. Rather the godly person will not be ashamed of what he believes and practices before God, he is not ashamed of speaking the Gospel message of Christ (Romans 1:16), and will cast his lot and name in with Him and His true followers, and he will take a stand against the scorners and mockers whenever that kind of situation presents itself.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night.

The law of the Lord is the whole Word of God. It is the keeping of the letter of the law as well as keeping them in all of their spiritual intent from the heart. The righteous person has come to know that the keeping of God’s law is the best way to live; he is thinking about God and all of His precepts all day long and it is his desire to apply them in all situations. He wants to obey God with His whole heart so he will ponder as to what God would have him to do; even as King David thought about God and His precepts as he laid in bed at night.

Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Joshua was told by God to meditate day and night on the law of God as he led the people of Israel to take possession of the Promised Land. God promised him that if he would set God’s law before him at all times, that he would prosper and have good success in the things that God had commissioned him to do.

Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. 

1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

The righteous person will be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.

The righteous person is compared to a tree that is strong and flourishing and is planted by rivers of water. He will not wither away because he has a constant supply of God’s nourishment from the fountain of waters that flow forth from God’s Word and from His Holy Spirit.

As a tree shoots its roots deep into the soil for it’s nourishment, the righteous person sinks his spiritual roots deep into the richness of God’s Word and His law; and he will grow and flourish spiritually just as the metaphor of a tree that is planted by the waters. 

The righteous person will bear fruit, which is described as the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 which are: love, peace, joy, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self control). 

The fruit comes naturally and grows because it is planted by the rivers of God’s living water. Fruit grows according to seasons and may not be immediately evident in a person’s life at certain times. But if a person keeps drinking in of the nutrients offered by God and which are in God’s Word, that righteous man or woman will soon bring forth godly fruit in its season.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Whose leaf also shall not wither.

A righteous person does not have the signs of brown and withering branches (like the ungodly do metaphorically) if he is walking with God. Rather than being dead spiritually, a righteous man will be flourishing and growing in the grace and in the knowledge of God’s Word, allowing his Lord to keep his leaves green and alive as he lets Him do His work in him. (John 15:1-8)

And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The righteous person is not seeking after riches and comforts as his main goal in life, but rather he seeks after the spiritual gold nuggets of God’s principles and precepts; and he learns to apply them in his life so that he becomes spiritually rich in understanding, wisdom, and goodness. Even through trials and hard times, God will bring forth good and eventually cause this person to prosper in abundant spiritual blessings; and at the end of his life He will bless him with everlasting life.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

The way of the an ungodly person is the opposite of the way of the righteous. The ungodly man is not strong and stable like a flourishing tree, but he is like the chaff which the wind drives away. It may appear that the ungodly man is thriving and making progress in life, (in the material things) for a while, but the things he seeks after are the things that are fleeting in this life and they will only wither and then be blown away. If he continues in his ungodliness and refuses to repent, he will be as the chaff that is separated, thrown in the fire, and is no more forever.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment.

The ungodly man will not be part of the first resurrection and he will be unfit to rule in the Kingdom of God. He will not be in the congregation of the righteous until he has learned the lesson that being ungodly does not profit and will not bring him true blessings and lasting abundance. This is a warning that those who live ungodly lives in this life will not be in God’s kingdom.

The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous.

The righteous man is blessed and he can have peace because he understands that his loving Father knows all about him and every thing that is happening to him; even when he is in pain or going through hard trials, he knows that God is with him and will protect and nourish him.  He knows that God will reward him with even more blessings and eventually with eternal life if he meditates on and keeps God’s laws and endures to the end no matter what may happen in his life.

The way of the ungodly shall perish.

The ungodly person will die in his sins if he does not repent and start walking in the ways of a righteous man. This is a warning to the ungodly of what happens to those who refuse to turn to God and repent of their lawlessness and rebellion. Hopefully those who read and heed David’s warning will repent and become one of God’s righteous.

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die .

Ezekiel 33:10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat…

The way of the righteous is being passionately devoted to the keeping of all God’s commandments. In the book of Acts, the way of obedience and of following Christ became known as “The Way”: 

Acts 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. (See other verses which speak of “the way”: 18:25, 19:9, 19:23, 22:4, 24:14, and 24:22).

God is telling us in this Psalm that if we will walk in all the ways of the righteous man, seeking to be clean and pure in all that we do for the rest of our lives, then we will be abundantly blessed throughout all eternity.  

Constance Belanger and James Malm

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