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Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord. --PSALM i. 1, 2.Let every thing that hath breath praiseMoreBlessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord. --PSALM i. 1, 2.Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.--PSALM cl. 6.The Psalter is the echo in devout hearts of the other portions of divine revelation. There are in it, indeed, further disclosures of Gods mind and purposes, but its especial characteristic is--the reflection of the light of God from brightened faces and believing hearts. As we hold it to be inspired, we cannot simply say that it is mans response to Gods voice. But if the rest of Scripture may be called the speech of the Spirit of God _to_ men, this book is the answer of the Spirit of God _in_ men.These two verses which I venture to lay side by side present in a very remarkable way this characteristic. It is not by accident that they stand where they do, the first and last verses of the whole collection, enclosing all, as it were, within a golden ring, and bending round to meet each other. They are the summing up of the whole purpose and issue of Gods revelation to men.The first and second psalms echo the two main portions of the old revelation--the Law and the Prophets. The first of them is taken up with the celebration of the blessedness and fruitful, stable being of the man who loves the Law of the Lord, as contrasted with the rootless and barren life of the ungodly, who is like the chaff. The second is occupied with the contemplation of the divine decree by which the coming King is set in Gods holy hill of Zion, and of the blessedness of all they who put their trust in Him, as contrasted with the swift destruction that shall fall on the vain imaginations of the rebellious heathen and banded kings of earth.Download Expositions Of Holy Scripture Psalms Now!