It’s a terrifying image.
From our perspective they look invincible, unassailable, but God takes his hand and just sweeps them away as if they weren’t even there.
The one who stands against God will not stand.
Here’s one last devotional thought from Psalm 1 . . . focus on the last three verses as you read it again:
(1) 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; (2) but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (3) He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (4) The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. (5) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; (6) for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish (Psalm 1:1-6).
The world is full of them, and you probably work or go to school with some of them. They’ve got nothing but disdain for things of God. They mock him and people who follow him.
I’m thinking particularly of a couple of books that have been published recently by authors who obnoxiously oppose belief in God. They’re arrogant, defiant, condescending.
If they persist in their rebellion God will sweep them away. I don’t write that with pride or pleasure, but that’s what the psalmist says.
Ultimately, it makes no sense to resist God. For a while it may seem to bring some kind of faux independence.
But in the end, they’ll perish. No one stands defiantly against God.
How does this relate to you, a believer?
Never be intimidated by the patronizing tone of the skeptic. Pray for him, show him the love of Christ, treat him kindly . . . maybe he’ll come to faith.
But regardless, this will always be true: The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.