1  How blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!


2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.


3  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1–3)
          The first phrase in verse 1 is a common phrase that is often seen, particularly in the Poetic books of the OT.  It begins with couplet “How blessed is…”.  The word “Blessed” appears 45 times in the OT and in the OT (as opposed to the NT) speaks of happiness or a blessing in the sense gaining something that is very welcome.  This is a bit different than the NT sense which speaks of the idea of becoming more like our Heavenly Father Who is the “Blessed One”.  Jesus says that there a number of “be-attitudes” (Matthew 5:3ff) that speak of the believer becoming, because of the adapting of these qualities, more and more like the Father.  
         That seems not to be the meaning meant in the OT, at least not here.  It is actually intended to stimulate thought on the part of David’s readers.  

            How blessed is the man who does not walk 
                in the counsel of the wicked, 
               Nor stand in the path of sinners, 
              Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

         It is pretty much a rhetorical question, that is a question that has what the writer considers to be a question with an obvious or given answer.  It seems that David considers the answer here to a resounding “Very”!  
         David is suggesting for us that there is an effect tie between walking in a holy fashion and taking delight in the Law of the Lord (v2).  “man”, of course is not speaking of males, but of those belonging mankind, any person in general.  It is a given that the “man” in view is or will be a blessed servant of God.  What David concentrates on here is just “why” this obvious and given thing is so true.  He gives 3 negative reasons and two positive ones before telling us what the result of this blessedness with be.

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