The Psalms open with a simple, yet poetic description of the plight of the righteous versus the plight of the wicked. The first part 0f the psalm lifts up the blessings of righteousness.
Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The opening words, “Blessed is the man…” set the tone. If a person shuns evil, delights in the Lord, meditates on His word, he shall be secure, stable, fruitful, and prosperous for years.
The second part, though, describes the plight of the evil.
Psalm 1:4–6 (NKJV)
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The ungodly will be blown about, will not be able to stand before God, and will associate with others who are evil. They will perish, where the righteous are watched over by God.
On which side will you be numbered?