Of all these, the second psalm is, perhaps, throughout, as much as any of the psalms, clearly and distinctly applicable to the Coming One, and to him only. : — Psalm 150 is a Jewish hymn of praise; but it would not be out of place to describe it as the Psalm of Prepositions, seeing it is only by marking those words that we light on the progression of thought. Having arrived there, he comes to a standstill and begins to look about him, gazing at the enticements, the allurements, the influences of wickedness on every hand. And according to this great and glorious redemption are the people exhorted to join in songs of praise. It contrasts them as to their present state, and it contrasts them as to their destiny— their ultimate state. III. For the purpose of seeing and showing this, it may well be carefully studied. The secular media begin to heap contempt upon any group of religiously committed people, especially evangelical Christians, labeling them as a harmful “cult.” Expressions of Christian faith and understanding are barred from the public square, because they challenge the dominant “no-God” philosophy. 3. In the Bible a righteous person is a person who is righteous in virtue of his relationship to the Lord God. Psalm 119:1-8 Sermon - Sermon outline by Kevin Cauley on the message of Psalm 119:1-8 and its directives regarding godly conduct, commands to live right, and the commitment to walk in the right way. But now, what is wickedness? We might find that our value systems, rather than being shaped by the Word of God, are actually values that we had picked up from our culture that surrounds us, from the media, from our upbringing and background, or from some other influence coming into our life. Uh oh, I stepped on a toe or two. I’m not worried that you might fall asleep, but I might. And this tree is bearing fruit when it’s time to bear fruit — bearing fruit “in its season.” That’s the picture of the righteous man. We’re not going to grow into this “righteous tree” without some cultivation and irrigation. The first psalm, in laying out the contrast between the righteous and the wicked , makes the point that the righteous man is actually happier, more prosperous and more blessed than the person who turns his back on the Lord. 3. The Bible presents a human psychology of body, soul and spirit. This Scripture that God has given us, within the covers of this Book, reflects universal principles by which God governs His universe; and those principles make up the law of the Lord. And the psalm says that he does this “day and night.” One commentator suggested that by day the law is our study, and by night it’s our pillow — we find in it our refuge and our rest. But the chaff is being blown over to one side, because it’s good for nothing . So let us take a closer look at these passages. In Hebrew, uvemoshav letzim . 800-440-4043 These, and others like them, are principles of the kingdom of God, and we can live by those principles because Jesus Christ lives. 1. It reminds us that there is a judgment, an accounting for our lives. Songs That Shape the Heart and Mind. The Lord guides us through our lives and ultimately He will take His children home to glory. Here is a magnificent illustration of being blessed by God. So the Psalm 1 contrasts, first of all the delight of the righteous versus the delight of the wicked. Is that football game you have to watch really so harmless, apart from all the sleazy ads? As a result, I don’t have to look at a sheaf of notes to preach this message. . INSTRUCTION MAY BE GIVEN EVEN TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE WISE. Wickedness, then, begins with the adoption of a “no-God” philosophy. That’s the difference between the natural man and the man of the spirit, the person who is “born of the spirit.” That which is “natural” isn’t always what God intends. By two cycles of contrast, Psalm 1 separates all people into their respective spiritual categories: It’s possible to think that our God is the God of heaven, and yet — as the apostle Paul says — we might in fact be among those “whose god is their appetite.” By this he didn’t mean the physical appetite, although when I fast I wonder about the power of “the belly,” as some translations put it. Psalm 1:1–2, Blessed is the man. But the place of paradise, the place of godliness, is the cultivated area where God can till the ground of your life. But when you look at the Hebrew text here, it reads ve hayah ke‘etz shatul ‘al-palgey mayim; literally this means he will be like a tree transplanted by an irrigation canal. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. It contrasts the walk of the righteous with the walk, or the way, of the unrighteous or ungodly. MANY OF THE PSALMS ARE THE OUTCOME OF PRIVATE OR PUBLIC DEVOTION. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, In days gone by (and in some lands today), merely to possess a copy of the Bible in your native tongue was considered a rare privilege. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. So there’s this danger, in your life and mine, that we may be found to be “enemies of the cross” despite our Christian profession. He’s walking into the territory inhabited by the wicked — an area of a town inhabited by, or ruled by, ideas, principles and practices that are not of the Lord, not “godly.” And this person is deliberately exposing himself to those influences. Paul said that he was under obligation to barbarians and Jews and whoever didn’t know the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:14), but he didn’t particularly weep about their condition because he understood they had no better light. But no saint ever did or could in prayer rise above the level of his own knowledge. The Hebrew word here is torah, and that’s what the Torah is. The Lord has principles which are firm and fixed, in which His creation is grounded, and to which the creation itself testifies. Its leaves are shiny and smooth — not withering, not drooping, as the Hebrew says. He who to his resolution to make the attainment of moral goodness the great object of his existence adds a fixed and unalterable determination to pursue this according to Divine direction. P.O. He who proposes to himself some end in what he does, and pursues that end in a rational and dexterous manner. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. according to the group in which it is found will be the value and bearing of the psalm on the believer's experience, There are those directly and exclusively Messianic. Why? He walks down that street into that area. And, in the third place, the first psalm contrasts the destiny of the righteous and the destiny of the wicked. PSALM 1:1-3. I’ll come to that in a moment, but first I want to ask this question: What’s going to happen to your life and mine? 1. That child had not meditated; he had not allowed the principles of Christian living as set forth in the Word to change his responses and his behavior. What kind of entertainment are you watching, and what sort of “no-God” philosophy does it reflect? God is the only true help of the soul. About once a month a lesson is presented from the next psalm in order. Sports and hobbies may not be wrong in themselves, but they can divert you from spending time with your family, or becoming more familiar with the Word of the Lord, or concentrating on some aspect essential to your Christian growth. Bible text © as applicable, The Way of the Righteous (Exegesis of Psalm 1), Christian Life Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois, March 13, 1983, [Click here for PDF Format in a new window.]. There are those directly and exclusively Messianic, such as Psalm 2., 45., 47., 72., 110. And, I would like to thank my fiancé, my family, friends, classmates and all of you who thought it not robbery to listen to me talk about God’s Word just a little bit. but the way of the wicked will perish. In the light of Psalm 1, we would now have to say that Lot chose "to stand in the way of sinners." The life we’re conscious of is that of our psyche, our “soul life” or personality. Psalm 1 Commentary: Verse 5 Contrasted with Verse 6. and its leaf does not wither. We must avoid the extreme of those who, with Home, would reheard most, if not all, the psalms as Messianic; and also the extreme of those who would regard none as such. 7:13-14 about the wide gate and the easy way which leads to destruction, and Psalm 1, then, teaches us some very important things. But the righteous person, the one who conspires to apply the principles of God’s law, bears fruit in season. The Bible says that’s what the wicked, or ungodly, person is like. These are now the delight of believers, in public and in private worship, as the expression of an experience which is renewed in regenerate hearts age after age. It reads as follows: When I’ve been to my last service, / And … Some psalms point to the era rather than to the Person of the Messiah. And so the last two verses contrast the final end of these two types of people. “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” There are two series of judgments into which both the wicked and the righteous will enter — into which we all enter. One’s God might turn out to be the appetite instead of the God of heaven, the God of the Scriptures. Psalm 1 presents the same image if the righteous person, who is like a tree planted by streams of water. The Bible makes this clear in Psalms 14 and 53: “The fool has said in his heart, eyn elohim — ‘there is no God.’” The “fool” doesn’t deny that God exists — philosophical atheism is probably foreign even to the enemies of the people of God in the Bible — but he expresses a practical atheism that says, “There is no concern of mine into which the Lord fits, or in which He plays a part, and there is no concern of the Lord that touches my life.” So in his “heart,” in the seat of his decision-making, in the practical day-to-day direction of life, the “fool” is saying, in effect, “There is no God.”, Sadly, that’s the philosophical position adopted by many in our culture, whether by design or by default. Meditate on the Word of the Lord Day and Night. A 5-minute sermon on Psalm 1 that I wrote for a preaching workshop. In verse 6 Jeremiah, speaking of the wicked, says he will be like a shrub in the desert; he will never prosper, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness — a land of salt without inhabitants, where nothing can grow. That knowledge, that relationship in which the Lord knows us, is not going to be lost. These two anonymous Psalms are together considered the introduction to the Book of Psalms. He came to have fellowship with us in our sufferings that we might have fellowship with him in his! 2. Then we began to deliberately look at it, notice it, survey it and gaze upon it. We have to allow the Word of God to shape our responses to life situations. The first picture is that of a tree a tree, a firm and shapely tree — one with a straight trunk and well-formed branches, planted by a stream so that it’s well watered, with its roots sunk deep into fertile soil. There will be a judgment, and it’s worthwhile to invest your concern and your efforts and your concentration in the cultivation of your soul — your life in relationship to the Lord God in whom you are bound together in covenant. . The righteous man finds his delight in this law of the Lord, uvetorato yehggeh yomam valayelah — “and on his law he meditates day and night.”. Let’s study the first psalm together, verse by verse. Negatively, he does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked,” nor “stand in the path (or way) of sinners” nor “sit in the seat of the scoffers (or the scornful).” We have an image here of a man, as it were, walking along the street. Psalm 1 describes the righteous and wicked and shows the major differences between them.Unlike what some think, the righteous do NOT act like those on the road to eternal torment in fire. Of course, the psalmist is putting it negatively; the righteous man does not do that. In their case it’s rebellion against the Lord, which is pointless and in vain. I can live in the kingdom of God, according to the principles the Lord Jesus Christ enunciated in His preaching of the kingdom of God. And, when you get right down to it, Psalm 1 says something very important about the destiny of the righteous man. First of all, what’s the destiny of the wicked? Many of these private prayers bear marks of limited knowledge and imperfect conception, and are by no means to be taken as models for us. But when he discovered Christians who had “set their minds on earthly things,” that was another matter. Box 369 What do we mean by “righteous” and “wicked”? Verses 3-4 proceed to contrast the dependability of the righteous with the unfruitfulness of the wicked, and verses 5-6 contrast the destiny of the righteous with the destiny of the wicked. Sermon Psalm 19:1-14 A Matter of Priorities Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Psalm 19:1-14 A Matter of Priorities Dr. Philip W. McLarty Our fall mini-series from the Psalter continues Notes on Psalm 91: This Psalm of 16 verses can be broken down into two sections, the first being verses 1-8, and the second being verses 9-16. They are prophetic expositions of truths which pertain to the Messianic times, and receive their full elucidation from the developed expositions of the apostles and prophets of the New Testament; they cover the ground of the Messianic age. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, Yet we can go a step further, from our Christian perspective, to see that righteousness means that all of the sin and every shortcoming that are found in my life have been covered by the Son of God. Let’s look at the first section. His life counts for nothing; no value comes out of it. Psalm 1 Verse By Verse Bible Study Certain psalms are so rich and compacted with God's truth that they are set far apart from others.Psalm 1 is like this. Such a person is indeed blessed and happy, praise the Lord. He alone can raise it from its fallen condition, break its fetters, heal its wounds, energize its faculties, and set it on a course safe and prosperous. In all that he does, he prospers. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, And in an age like this, when destructive criticism is so popular, it is needful for the believing student to be the more accurate, clear, and firm. That’s a good thing to do; it helped me, in preparing for this message, to memorize the first psalm; and since I’d already memorized it in English I learned it in Hebrew this time. What’s going to last when the earth is burned up and the elements are dissolved? It contrasts, in the second place, the dependability of the righteous who bears fruit contrasted with the unfruitfulness of the wicked who has nothing to show for doing it his way. That is the delight of the righteous. It’s worthwhile to invest your efforts in meditating on the Word of God, which also will endure forever, and which can shape and mold both your present life and your eternal life. One of the fruits of the Spirit that Paul lists in his letter to the Galatians is “joy.” This is an exegetical sermon, a textual sermon, and I want to look rather intently with you at this psalm. The beadle would stand in the back of the church with a long pole. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. It’s the very same expression the Lord Jesus Christ used — in Aramaic, of course — when he pronounced the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the pure in heart.” A good word in English might be “happy”; “how happy, how blessed” is the man who does not follow in the ways of the godless. second group is also for sanctuary song, and indicates the permanent theme of the believer's faith and hope, even "the salvation of God." Scripture: Psalm 1. So, first of all, Psalm 1 portrays what the righteous man does not do — he doesn’t expose himself to such influences. The Bible doesn’t refer to the wilderness as a great place to be. A recent study attributed to Columbia University discovered that, of the people influential in determining what comes through the media, eight percent attend worship, fifty percent claim no religion, fifty-five percent believe that extra-marital relationships are not immoral, and ninety-five percent believe there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Meditation, in the Christian sense, is not emptying yourself but allowing yourself to be filled with the Word. The words may be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of the man", or "of this man" F12 אשרי האיש "beatitudines illius viri", Montanus, Vatablus, Gejerus. We’re not going to sing — but this morning the pastor suggested that if anyone were to fall asleep a well-aimed hymnal might wake them up. First, we’re exposed to this influence of ungodliness. So please keep your eyes open and make sure that I stay awake. In the third chapter of the Epistle to the Philippians he wrote: Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. Jesus suggests that if you do that, seven demons worse than the one you cleared out will come to take its place. 17:5-8). Congratulations — hail to the man or woman, hail to the young person or child who invests a life in that value! I would like to thank the Pastor and all the leaders of Alpha for this opportunity to speak before you all today. Another principle is the “law of reciprocity” which says, “The measure you give will be the measure you get” (Mark 4:24) — if you want to have the abundance of the Lord, you give. If we have invested our life in that relationship, when the judgment comes He will see us where we need to be, and we will stand. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm, a kind of gateway to the rest, where all kinds of qualities are mentioned. but his delight is in the law of the LORD, We must avoid the counsel of the wicked or ungodly. Yet even among evangelicals there’s always this possibility that, though we consider ourselves Christians and believe that our God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, if we really took a deep look into ourselves we might find some traits of those whom the Apostle Paul calls “enemies of the cross of Christ”. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. I’m not used to preaching to Christian congregations. An astronomer was giving a lecture about this very scenario. Go, then, to the second picture. Righteousness is not something we possess. It’s where you send the scapegoat to get rid of your sins (Leviticus 16:22); the threat of “wild beasts” from the wilderness is part of curse upon those who turn away from the Lord’s covenant (Leviticus 26:22). The delight of the righteous man is portrayed here, first negatively in terms of what he does not do and then positively in terms of what he does. Most importantly, because Jesus lives, through the work of His Holy Spirit I can live a life filled with the power of God. 2. Back to Sermons. This page is part of an ongoing series of lessons taken from the psalms. that yields its fruit in its season, The brisk wind, as it sweeps over the floor, blows the chaff to one side and allows the wheat to fall to the threshing floor. For this reason it’s always appropriate to be concerned with our walk with the Lord. yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, Laudemont Ministries But, says the prophet, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He will pray that God may give him to see what is most valuable, and that He may influence his heart to profit by what is good. It does this with two figures or pictures, in verses 3-4. It has more to say, here, about the destiny of the wicked; but it does say something extremely significant about the destiny of the righteous. Eventually this person will find himself not only behaving that way but encouraging others in that lifestyle. This psalm has a good deal in common with Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22 and Jeremiah 17:5-13, both of which contrast the blessed condition of the righteous with the wretched condition of the unrighteous. Psalm 1 presents two (and only two) ways to live: the way of the world or the way of the Word. Every wise man, whatever be the nature of his wisdom, will wish it to be increased as much as possible. Everyone please look and see if there’s a hymnal in front of you. That relationship in which you and I find ourselves is the covenant relationship: “I will be your God, and you shall be my people” (Jeremiah 7:23). Sermons from Psalms Trees Planted by the Water: How to Get Started Right in 2002 (Psalm 1) When the Foundations are Destroyed (Psalm 11) To Every Generation: (Psalm 100:5) If God Is Sovereign, What Then? One could even translate “congratulations to the man” — ashrei, “the happiness of, the blessedness of” that man. And then what does he do? He said that in the resurrection “all shall come forth, those who do good to a resurrection of life and those who do evil to a resurrection of judgment.” The second thing that’s going to last is your soul and mine. So, finally, the first psalm is an encouragement to allow the Lord to shape our lives through His Word and to commit ourselves afresh to Him — meditating, imagining, plotting what we’re going to do with that Word of God and how we’ll to allow it to mold and transform lives, our relationships and our thought patterns. But it is not possible to apply every verse of this psalm to the Lord Jesus. Psalms 1 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references Jesus talks about being happy, or blessed, in the Sermon on the Mount. When the Lord looks for those whom He can call His own, they will not be there. What’s coming into your home through the Internet? Hamilton, Illinois 62341 U.S.A. I discovered, furthermore, that the very same word for “meditate” occurs also in the first verse of Psalm 2: “Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?” To meditate, in the biblical sense, is to plot, to conspire, or as older translations put it, to imagine. Its theme is as big as the whole Bible because it tells of people, paths, and ultimate destinations (for a significant parallel, see Jer. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. It’s a psalm of praise of that man, because the opening words in Hebrew could be translated “Hail to the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked” — ashrei ha-ish asher lo’ halach be‘atzat resha‘im. I want to speak to you about the first psalm, Psalm 1. The farmers are bringing their grain in from the field in baskets, and as they reach the threshing floor they lift their baskets and toss the grain high into the air. The seventeenth chapter of Jeremiah either borrows this image, or was known to the composer of the first psalm. Now you can understand why I’m used to preaching in denominational churches where the members aren’t really Christians, but think they are. nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; May 25, 2008. He will endeavour to find out the motive of the person giving it. Whoever collected the Psalms, under the guidance of the Spirit, added this introduction to show us what kind of person feeds on the Psalms, and worships through the Psalms, and is open to the Lord and allows Him to shape his life through use of the Psalms. This is the result of the philosophical position that says, “God does not matter.”. And it’s always appropriate to be concerned with these things. 1 Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, If you’re familiar with Pat Robertson’s book The Secret Kingdom, you know what I’m talking about when I refer to the principles of the kingdom of God. There is the ultimate judgment of God; the wicked will not stand in that day, because he will not be found to have produced anything of enduring value since he has not invested his life in the Word of God nor in the service of the Lord. And may the Spirit of God be himself our Light and our Guide! Psalm 5:1-7: A Morning Prayer: W. Forsyth : Psalm 5:1-12: A Morning Prayer: for Sanctuary Service: in Evil Times: C. Clemance : Psalm 5:1-12: David's State of Mind in Relation to God and Society: Homilist: Psalm 5:1-12: Prayer to God: Thomas Wilcocks. 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