Preacher: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, “
Seeker: “or take the path that sinners tread,”
Preacher: “or sit in the seat of scoffers;”
Preacher & Seeker: “but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.”
Seeker” I think, Preacher, the psalmist is preaching again. Having read some of the psalmist’s teachings closely, and aided by biblical commentators, I know understand that the psalmist’s writings are not just musing he thinks to himself. But instructions for living an accountable and authentic spiritual life. At times his approach is stern and rests on show of military might. But overall he has some good advice.
Preacher: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” I think you have discerned the psalmist’s intentions very well. We do well to remember that the psalmist did not have exposure to the more gentle side of the Lord God. Generations that followed spoke of, or spoke for, an angry God.
Seeker: “The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” ( Psalm 1)
Preacher: It is interesting to consider that maybe some modern Christians would be more comfortable with an “Angry God” since they let their anger rule their actions and attitudes. Politics and religion were closely aligned in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament there was a chaffing at the Jews’ overlord. But Jesus rightly discerned that many of tho followers of the Jewish leaders and scribes chaffed also. Jesus offered a different way; a more difficult way for some to accept and believe in.
Seeker: I agree with what you are saying; but my thinking circles back to the opening verses. Who are the wicked? And how is their advice contrary to the Divine’s? What constitutes wickedness, and how far down the path is the point of no return? As for the seat of scoffers, it is a seat that tempts many; even those who think they can resist resting there. Furthermore, the law of the Lord shifted from the Old to the New Testament. Well, more specifically the spirit of the law shifted; or mayhap shifted to where the Divine always meant it to be.
Preacher: I can see/hear, Seeker, that are thinking carefully about things. It is a good trait, and will stand you in good stead as you live out your Christian life. I especially like your comment about the seat of the scoffers. Scoffers, as the psalmist is using it, are those who mock and deride faith and the desire to be faithful. One minute a person can spouting all sorts of theologies and beliefs, and the next they are using harsh and abrasive language about faith issues. The psalmist is both forward thinking in what may come about in future generations, and insightful about how those around him malign faith. If are modern generation could accept more than they scoff, the world might be a gentler place.
Seeker: Shalom & Selah, Preacher, Shalom & Selah!