Psalm 1 - Planted
OUR PASSAGE TODAY
Psalm 1:1-6 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
- “People look into mirrors to see how they look; they look into the Psalms to find out who they are. A mirror is an excellent way to learn about our appearance; the Psalms are the biblical way to discover ourselves. A mirror shows us the shape of our nose and the curve of our chin, things we otherwise know only through the reports of others. The Psalms show us the shape of our souls and the curve of our sin, realities deep within us, hidden and obscured, for which we need focus and names.”
- “The Psalms teach us to pray by bringing every thought and emotion in the human experience into the context of God’s story. Through the Psalms, our hearts, whether broken or bursting, become aligned with God’s heart. The Psalms help lead our thinking and our feeling Godward, that wherever we are in life, whatever befalls us, whether pleasure or pain, the words which come from God become the steps by which we find God.”
FRAMING THE PASSAGE
Psalm 1 is the first song we need to intently listen to before we proceed into the rest of the songs. Combined with Psalm 2, which we’ll cover next week, it’s said to be the gateway to the rest of the Psalms.
This psalm is going to draw our attention to two people or two paths. This concept bookends the entire psalm, that there’s a way of the righteous and a way of the wicked.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
TWO IMPORTANT WORDS
Blessed: On the surface, the definition of blessed is happy. It’s happiness. But if you take it a couple of layers deep, the definition is actually bliss, which is happiness in its perfect or fullest form.
Matthew 5 “Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Blessed are the merciful or the pure in heart. Blessed are the peacemakers. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.”
Delight: It’s not just describing pleasure; it’s describing a weight. It is describing something that draws us to wanting more, a constant experience... for His Word!
DIRECTION AND WHAT WE ARE INSTRUCTED TO DO
Proverbs 14:11 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
John Calvin said, “It is not left to every man to frame a system of religion according to his own judgment, but the standard of godliness is to be taken from the Word of God.”
Be planted in God’s Word.
Be planted with God’s people.
C.S. Lewis: “God can show himself as he really is only to real [people]. And that means not simply to [those] who are individually good, but to [those] who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another, showing him to one another. For that is what God meant humanity to be like; like players in one band, or organs in one body. Consequently, the one really adequate instrument for learning about God is the whole Christian community, waiting for him together.”
We’re planted in God’s Word with God’s people about God’s purposes.