“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.” Psalm 1:1
Just who are these of whom the Bible speaks of as being ungodly? What influence do they have upon the world?
First of all, when the Bible speaks of the ungodly, it is identifying those who are impious or “without worship”. They are those who show no regard for the things of God. In fact, they don’t think of God, or regard Him in any way, at any time, for any purpose or meaning to their existence. Lacking all reverence and respect for God they exist to serve nothing but themselves.
In answer to the second question, having no regard or reverence for God, Jude writes in his epistle that Enoch had prophesied of these men saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (Jude 14,15) Four times Jude uses this term, ungodly, to identify these apostates. Their existence preempts and takes precedence over everything that is sought out or to be known as being godly. In Jude 4, he implies that they infiltrate the church only to corrupt it. Their methods are clearly shown in false teaching, perverting the Scripture which declares the true nature about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh you can be a good person….and be quite ungodly. Every Sunday, for instance, their thoughts may be only to enjoy themselves: golf games, skiing, football tailgate parties and games, and any list of activities. After all, they feel they have worked hard all week long and they deserve a day specifically set apart for themselves. And thus they live as though God does not even exist. The ungodly lives a life minus God.
The Psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly….” What kind of counsel might that be? It is a deceptive, degenerate thought pattern that advises people to take time for themselves until finally they themselves progress into a life style of “walking with the ungodly”, moving to “standing in the path of sinners”, and eventually ending up with “sitting with the scornful”. That is the progression to which ungodly counsel leads. Finally, alas, a life without God.
What has happened in our generation which has moved so many people away from fellowship in the church, a time designated to seek the Lord, to honor Him and to be found pleasing to Him?
Oh, we must be careful to avoid the downward drag of the ungodly. Man is most assuredly blessed when he stays close to the Lord.