The Blessed Man
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
In this message I want to address the men who are here, for our text tells us how we can be God's men. And I know this - we need men who are sold out to God; fathers and husbands who are spiritual men.
In Isaiah 46:8, God says, "Remember this, and shew yourselves men." God says, "Stand up and be men."
Fathers, you need to stand up so that your children, so that other young people, will have you as an example. We need some strong, sturdy, spiritual men to set before our youth so that we can say, "Here is an example of how the Christian life is to be lived."
Now, in Psalm 1 we have a disclosure of two kinds of men. In verses 1 through 3 we read about the spiritual man. In verses 4 through 6 we read about the sinner man. In the first three verses we read about a godly man. In the last three verses we read about an ungodly man.
The Psalm reminds me of the parable told by Jesus about the wise man and the foolish man. The wise man built his house upon a rock. When the house stood firm, his destiny was secure. The foolish man built his house upon the sand. When the storms and the adversities of life came, the house on the sand was swept away.
What I want to do this morning is emphasize the positive. We're going to lift up a standard. And so we're just going to look at the first three verses as we think about the spiritual man.
I. THE DENIALS OF THE SPIRITUAL MAN
Look in verse 1 of our text (read). In this verse you see that the blessed man, the spiritual man, intentionally avoided being with the wrong crowd. In Exodus 23:1-2, God says, "put not thine hand with the wicked...thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil."
Notice in this verse that sinners are described by three words. The first word is "ungodly." This word comes from the Hebrew word "rasha" and means "unrest." It is a general term used to describe the person who is out of touch with God. The spiritual man will not listen to the a ...
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