The Tale of Two Men

The great hymnbook of the Bible begins with the tale of two men, one is a righteous man, the other, an ungodly man. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but he delights in the law of the Lord” (Psalm 1: 1-2a). This is the way of the righteous man. He is one who pursues communion with God, and in that communion finds great happiness and prosperity.

The song continues with the sad tale of the ungodly man. But the wicked, “Are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,… but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1: 4-6). The way of the ungodly man is the path that ends in cold isolation and certain destruction. Rather than being like a tree planted by an endless supply of water and always bearing the fruit of life, the ungodly are like a tree uprooted by the winds of a godless culture. They no longer bear the fragrant fruit of life, but rather the offensive stench of a rotting corpse.

The tale of two men, one a righteous man, the other an ungodly man – which man are you?


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