Main point summary
Blessed is the man who avoids the wicked and instead meditates on Gods word. The wicked will not stand at the judgment for the Lord knows His own.
Blessed is the man 1
who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in c the way of sinners,
nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers;
but his g delight is in the law 1 of the Lord ,
and on his h law he meditates day and night.
He is like i a tree planted by j streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its k leaf does not wither.
l In all that he does,
The wicked are not so,
but are like m chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked n will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in o the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord p knows q the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The blessed man in verse 1 is contrasted against the wicked sinners and scoffers. The verbs walks, stands, and sits seems to indicate a progression from being tempted to sin, to starting to sin, to finally making it a lifestyle to sin. The blessed man stays away from these type of people and instead delights in the laws of the Lord by meditating (pondering, studying) them whenever he has the chance. This blessed man is firm, like a tree planted by streams of water, resulting in fruit bearing and leafs that don't wither. Perhaps his study of the law has caused him to be planted deep in God's word to draw nourishment. Finally, it results in his prospering in all he does. The wicked are not like the blessed man. They are blown away like chaff. Therefore they will not stand in the judgment nor will they stand in the congregation of the righteousness. The reason is because the Lord knows both the way of the righteous and that the way of the wicked will perish. So, to blessed, there appears to be negatives, things to stay away from, and positives, things to do. To be blessed, avoid those people and situations that would cause one to sin or be led to sin. To be blessed, delight in the laws, precepts, the Word of God by meditating on it, memorizing it, studying it, praying it, on a regular basis. The results are that the blessed man remains firm, fruitful. He prospers, not necessarily in money but in the things of God. He isn't' blown around like the wicked. And, he will stand in the judgment, unlike the wicked, who will perish.