Psalm 1

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Psalm 1 – The Blessedness, Fruitfulness & Eternal Welfare of Those Who Make God's Word Their Delight!

1          Blessed is the one              

                        who does not walk              in the counsel of           the wicked,                              

                                   nor stand                 in the way of                 sinners,

                                   nor sit                      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 will be like a tree                               planted by streams of water                          

                        which yields its fruit in its season,                          

                        and its leaf does not wither.                          

            In whatever he does, he prospers.

4           Not so the wicked!      

                        But they are like chaff                  which 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.

 

 

  1. The Blessedness and Fruitfulness of Those Who Make God's Word Their Delight (1-3)
  2. The Fleeting Succsess of the Wicked (4-5)
  3. The Lord's Personal Commitment to the Eternal Welfare of the Righteous (6)

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:

  1. How might the book of Judges relate to Psalm 1?
  2. How can I assess whether I'm walking in “the way of the wicked” or “the way of the righteous”?
  3. What is “meditation”?

Thomas Watson (Puritan Pastor):

“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” (p.50 of 305). Methods of Meditation —Donald Whitney

  • Emphasize different words in the text
  • Rewrite the text in your own words (paraphrasing)
  • Pray through the text
  • Memorize the text
  • Create an artistic expression of the text

4.  What might meditation “day & night” look like?