Beautiful, strong and fruitful describes a life rooted and grounded in God's life and love. In the context of Psalm 1 the term has the obvious connotations of “delighting and enjoying” God’s law so much that the person meditates on it day and night. We know that “the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”. “Blessing” results from a deliberate choice of a certain way of life: the godly life. Do not use government schooling. We do this in emulation of our savior who did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; 2 Cor 4:5). Meditation may involve memorizing Scripture, reasoning through Scripture, figuring out how Scripture applies to your life or considering what Scripture teaches you about God. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. The person who follows the way of the wicked will experience God’s judgment, while God watches over and preserves the righteous man. Psalm 1 is the faithful doorkeeper; the vestibule leading into the sanctuary of praise known as the book of Psalms. initial overview and observations to Psalm 1. How well do you know Him? “Blessing” does not necessarily connote happiness or pleasure. In contrast to the blessed state and strong character of the righteous stands the character and plight of the wicked. Psalm 1 provides us with God’s definition of successful living. Beauty and strength? Psalm 1, a wisdom psalm, demonstrates that the way to happiness is through a life well lived according to the guidelines set down by the Lord, and the way to destruction is to lead an evil, lawless life—a life in disregard of Torah. Ronald E. Clements, vol. Psalm 94:12 speaks about blessing and obedience to the Law: “Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law.” The same idea is found in Psalm 112:1: “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.” Finally, Psalm 128:1 also connects the idea of blessing with one’s “walk”: “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.” The bottom line, then, in each of these passages and in Psalm 1, is that blessing is for those who live a certain way. We are, instead, talking about thinking hard about the truth of God and how it applies to my life. What does it remind you of? Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Four passages in the psalms use the term/phrase in ways similar to Psalm 1: Psalm 89:15 says: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. To live as directed by God's word. Our use of the word “sinners” usually describes conduct. Psalm 1 and Its Practical Application 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. The blessed man will be planted, fruitful, and will be refined by the judgment of God (Psalm 1:3-6; James 1:2-5, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). To desire to know God and His will for me and His ways! Material success comes when you better your circumstances. It is a law that has certain demands, i.e., one cannot live like sinners, but it is also very freeing for it arouses pleasure and delight in the one who meditates on it. All that he does prospers in the sense that God blesses his life as a life directed by Torah. Further, it can also refer to a person’s business or work (cf. This is the kind of blessing one experiences as he/she lives a righteous life in the context of his/her relationship with God, not the priestly blessing. Commandments and ordinances are called Torah because they instruct. Such a goal is rather easy to accomplish. The term can also refer to YHWH’s delight, good pleasure, purpose, or will (Is 46:10). And in our work to do the Law of God, we should be hopeful that it will directly impact the future of the Kingdom of God. The psalm can be broken down into three distinct yet related parts: 1) the way of the righteous (1-3); 2) the way of the wicked (4-5); 3) the final word on the two lifestyles (6). 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. There is only one way to be a part of the righteous community of Messiah and that is by attaching oneself to Messiah. You may unsubscribe at any time. The reference to nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous indicates that just as sinners will not endure God’s judgment so they will not ultimately be found in community with the righteous. He lives the “way of sinners,” going about his life without obedience to God. Please understand that the ungodly of Psalm 1 is not only referring to the unsaved but you and me as well. Psalm 1 is to the entire book of Psalms as middle C is to the piano. This reaches well beyond just knowing facts about the Bible. Meditation, the writer says, is to be done day and night. The major theme of Psalm 1 is the centrality of the Torah. Daily Devotion © 2006 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Third, he furthers the curse. The New Testament writers unequivocally referred to Jesus as the promised Messiah and that there is salvation in him and no one else (see John 14:6; Acts 4:11) and that it comes through faith in him (John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). So Psalm 1 focuses on obedience no matter what is happening all around one (a wisdom approach to life), and Psalm 2 focuses on trusting God to fulfill his promises of justice on the earth some day by installing his king (a prophetic approach to life). — Psalm 1:1 This may lead to our being ridiculed at some level, whether it be only mild on the one hand, or sometimes even intense on the other. This does bring up a weakness of mine! Scripture exposes the condition causing the conduct. Initially, we should look for the subject of Psalm 1. the pursuit of justice and government.” In these areas, he says, the wicked will not be recognized.9 This would mean, of course, that there is no future aspect to the term in Psalm 1 and that the judgment is purely human, involving societal affairs. Two standards for what we do. Your email address will not be published. John 12:24). Permanence of the Godly Person’s Life (3). However, prosperity must be defined by God not the world. Our confidence is in the sovereignty of God, so we know that His Word, regarding the historical impact of our obedience, will not return void. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1:791. Do not walk in the works of sinners. Where does it get its beauty and its strength? We are a nation of success worshipers. Presently, I will identify the basic message of this psalm with a focus on its contemporary applicability. That is probably a reference to the fruit of the Spirit, which is described for us in the New Testament. Prov 31:13). I appreciate your writing and preaching on Psalm 1 so very much. A good illustration of the principle of meditation can be seen in Joshua 1:8. 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, who does not stand in the place of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. James 1:22). They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 1) His Productivity: He is like a tree “firmly planted,” and “well rooted.” He “yields fruit;” his “leaf does not wither.” Thus he is like an evergreen tree. The various Psalms which now comprise the book of Psalms were written over a period of 1000 years by various authors.