Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Seat of Scoffers

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2 ESV).

So I was reading Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones on these two verses in Psalm 1 and his explanation of the scornful man in Psalm 1:1. It left such an impression on me that I decided I would share.

"Walking, standing, sitting. This is a remarkable picture of the increasing grip that sin has on us all, the increasing hold that bad practices and evil habits have upon the soul. But there is another aspect to this progression, and that is the increasing paralysis that is produced by sin-how it causes a man or woman, and the finest things in them, always to degenerate, so that finally they are sitting in the corner and saying, "What is the use of anything? Let us eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." "Sits in the seat of the scornful." What a description! There they are, useless and motionless; they do nothing, they affect nothing. They just sit and mutter and splutter out their cleverness. Scoffers and scorners. Do not listen to them. They are about as far removed from godliness and happiness as anyone can be. They have lost everything, and they have not hope at all; they just sit, paralyzed by evil and by sin."

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