“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers! Instead, His delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
The wicked is not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.” Psalm 1 (HCSB)
This whole Psalm offers itself to be drawn into these two opposite propositions: a godly man is blessed, a wicked man is miserable; which seem to stand as two challenges, made by the prophet: one, that he will remain a godly man against all comers, to be the only Jason for winning the golden fleece of blessedness; the other, that albeit the ungodly make a show in the world of being happy, yet they of all men are most miserable.
Sir Richard Baker