This is the forth installment on my study on Psalm 1. It is important for you to read the earlier installments in order to understand the full context in this article. If you have not read it, I suggest you refer to the articles of the same title except for the numbers at the end. You can find them under the Category of “Articles From Yeap Chee Seng”.
Here is a brief rerun on the earlier installments. We know that God wants us blessed. In order to receive his blessings we are not to follow the ways of the world and to meditate on His Word. Through this, we will be firmly planted and able to withstand any storms in life. We will prosper in everything we do.
Verse 4 tells us what happens to those who do the exact opposite.
4Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.
Psalm 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
Please note that the term “wicked” here does not necessary mean those who are really evil like terrorists, murderers, rapists and thieves. According to the Amplified Bible, it refers to those disobedient and living without God. So, what will happen if you choose to reject God and disobey what he told you to do from Psalm 1:1-3? You will be like the chaff. According to the Amplified Bible, it means being worthless, dead, without substance, which the wind drives away.
What does that supposed to mean? Let us check the meanings of each term with the dictionary. I am using Dictionary.com.
without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing: a worthless person; a worthless contract.
It refers to something or someone of no use, no importance and no value. Why is that so? God is the source of our value and power. We are designed to work with God’s words in our hearts. Once we have decided to reject him, we are rejecting the wealth of power that is in us. Without him we are nothing but empty shells.
1. no longer living; deprived of life: dead people; dead flowers; dead animals.
There are 42 definitions for this term in the dictionary. I will just list the first one without making this article look like a dictionary. Being dead means no longer alive. The wicked people may be breathing but they are dead in the inside. Those who are dead inside are incapable of enjoying life. Even if they have the best money can offer, they will not be happy because they have no life. This is a terrible way to live. A godly person eating a dry bread is happier that the wicked eating the most expensive dish in the world.
5. the actual matter of a thing, as opposed to the appearance or shadow; reality.
There are 14 definitions for this term in the dictionary but the fifth term seems to be the most suitable for our context. The wicked have no substance. They have nothing inside. After all, what do you expect for those who have rejected God? They have rejected the only power source that can bring permanent prosperity to them. The only thing they have is what they can see outside of them. Once the external stuff is gone, the person is doomed. There is nothing inside them can help them to bounce back and restore their former glory.
The last part of the verse tells us the wind drives away the wicked. Without the link to God’s power, the wicked are helpless to the wind of change. They are never stable. They don’t know what to believe. What was truth yesterday become obsolete and false today. There is no anchor to their souls.
Thank God, we believers have the Word Of God as the anchor of our souls. He is our immovable rock. No matter what happens to the world today, no matter what happens to the war against terrorism, no matter what happens to the oil prices, no matter what the religious people says, we choose to believe only in the Word Of God. Through him we can do all things. Nothing is impossible to us as long as we believe in Jesus. He can do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask and think of.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.