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Whose Side are You On?


Whose side are you on?

That is the question Psalm one asks as it paints two portraits: one is the picture of the wicked person, and the other is the portrait or the wise man.

“Who is the blessed man of whom the psalmist speaks?” asked Joseph Flacks. “This man never walked in the counsel of the wicked or stood in the way of sinners or sat in the seat of mockers. He was an absolutely sinless man.”

One Jewish man concluded, “The man of the first Psalm was Jesus of Nazareth.” He was the only sinless perfect person who has ever walked this earth. He knew no sin is the testimony of those who knew Him best.

Jesus Christ is the perfect man portrayed in the opening verses of Psalm one. He is the only person who has ever lived a perfect life as portrayed in this psalm. He is the “man” in Psalm one (1 Peter 2:21-25). Jesus Christ is the Righteous One who never experienced sin in his personal life. He is the only perfect man who ever lived, and there is none other like Him.

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners” (Psalm 1:1). Only such a person can be supremely happy and fulfilled in this life. He has received a multiplicity of blessings. Not only has he received an abundance of blessings, but the fullness of the blessing that God gives.

No one has ever received the blessedness of these words of the Father except Jesus. “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). It was the declaration by the heavenly Father of the perfection of Jesus. It was divine approval of God’s perfect man. It is also an identification of the personality of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

Do you want the blessings of the Lord upon your life? This is the way the Christian finds happiness and a sense of significance in life. We are confronted with two choices: one choice is the way of the wicked, and the other is God’s way.

The wicked are like chaff thrown up in the wind and blows away leaving the seed to fall to the ground (v. 4). Literally, the psalmist says, “Not so the wicked!” He does not delight in the law of the LORD God. He does not meditate day and night on the Word of God. In the end when judgment day comes, “the wicked will not stand” (v. 5). “The way of the wicked will perish” (v. 6).

The person who has God’s blessing chooses between two roads, and he takes “the one less traveled.” There is eternal ruin for the person who takes the wrong road.

Jesus said to choose the right road. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV).

The wise man chooses the right path. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

There are not many roads leading to heaven. All religious paths do not take you to the same place. All except Jesus Christ will take you to an eternal hell. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Act 4:12).

What will you do with Jesus Christ? Which road will you travel? Choose Jesus Christ and the way of His righteousness. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Only Jesus Christ alone will save you. You are powerless, dead in trespasses and sins. Jesus Christ is the only person who ever lived the kind of life described in Psalm one, and He gave His life as a substitute for you so that you could live His kind of life. Believe on Him and you will choose the right path that leads to “the way of the righteous.”



Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006





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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.


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