Tree-by-the-river-28jun08Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;

The natural consequence of sin is death. Not death in the physical or spiritual senses (though, yes, ultimately), but the death of the passions, the further marring of image of God.

but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.

And the natural consequence of virtue is life, is joy!. God’s design for human flourishing, as revealed in both revealed and natural law, is living water, is perfect satisfaction, is the template for the true humanity we long for.

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

The virtuous person is orderly, yielding fruit in season. And the virtuous person does not suffer winter, but is bathed in the river of life (Rev 22:1-2).

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

The wicked person lacks order, yielding no fruit. And the wicked person suffers the winter of death, ultimately degenerating to the rubbish heap.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

The wicked will perish; they will have no part of the grand restoration. They have chosen their part. But the righteous, those found in Him, will rule over the recreated world.

for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Amen. (scriptures found here)