This psalm, together with psalm 1 and the second half of psalm 19 (easy to remember 1,19,119) are the 3 psalms that have the Law of the Lord as their main subject, and [...] therefore are usually included among t h e Wisdom psalms . But when the veil is taken away by the Spirit, and we see the Gospel throughout the Bible, we don’t just get new information or discover clever connections. The word r`sh`u (wicked or unrighteous) is contrasted regularly with x#D#q (righteous or righteousness). Since everything in the world is about Jesus, certainly the Bible, which is his word, is about him too. The Psalms have a wonderful capacity to capture the reality of our human experience. Have these people been going to church? The Tribulation begins after the rapture, thus it begins only with unbelievers. It means that God looks out for the righteous. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. The Apostle Paul emphatically teaches us that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is anchored in Christ (Rom. The first half of the verse, The Lord watches over (lit., “knows”) the way of the righteous, is best understood by the antithetical parallelism, the way of the wicked will perish. In Wisdom from the Psalms, Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft goes through the Old Testament Book of Psalms and provides insights and background into those religious songs. We must choose to live not in the counsel of the ungodly (as verse 2 shows us), but live by the streams of water, the Word and God’s provision for learning it. Just as one would read the love letters of his or her sweetheart, so are we to read and study God’s Word with the same delight. Since everything in the world is about Jesus, certainly the Bible, which is his word, is about him too. The way of wisdom is the way of godliness. Note the parallel here. Two great thrusts flow out of this: (a) the importance and absolute necessity of the Scripture, and (b) the changed character, stability, and fruitfulness it promises to those who make Scripture the core of their lives. 1:21). The Hebrew word is r`sh`u. The Theological Word Book of the Old Testament points out this word may be used for that which a person wishes strongly to do or have.2 It means “to feel great favor toward something.” The emphasis of this word is that the desire is caused in the subject by the intrinsic qualities that are found in the object desired (cf. You are viewed as in a confederacy with them. Luke 11:27-28; 16:17). But loose morals occur only because one was first negative to God; loose from Him, cut loose and excluded from a life with God and the control and stability that God brings into the lives of men when they have fellowship with Him. Gesenius, the great lexicographer, says it originally meant “to bend, incline toward,” so it includes the ideas of “desire, pleasure, inclination, satisfaction.” It is a term for positive volition. More specifically, Psalm 1 has thematic similarities with the book of Proverbs. “Planted” is a participle of the Hebrew verb sh`t~l. “By streams of water” continues to paint this picture for us. Applying the Wisdom of Psalm 1 With my post on September 23, “The Wisdom of Psalm 1,” we saw that Psalm 1 is a wisdom psalm that has a precise structural arrangement. 25:31-46). Sometimes God has to engineer failure and pressures before He can bring about success—His kind of success—in our lives. 24:25-27), “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (Jn. Each week author and poet David Bowden sits down with preacher and blogger Seth Stewart to address one pericope of scripture and show how it points to Jesus. Literally, “not so, the wicked.” This is an emphatic denial; the way of the wicked is nothing like the way of the righteous. The wicked are earthdwellers, those bent on getting all the gusto they can out of this life with little or no concern for God and eternity. But in all cases, there is no real love for God, belief in His Word, or desire for fellowship with God. 25:1-30). This isn’t about seeing beyond the text or through the text. 4:17f), and by the pressures or problems of life for which they have no answer. “To transplant” includes the above, of course, but it also includes taking a plant out of one environment and placing it into another which is more conducive to production, growth, and stability. 10:3-5; 119:53 with 54 and 119:155 with 165). 7:22f; 8:6f; Heb. There are praise Psalms, lament Psalms, and enthronement Psalms and all contain wisdom, of course, but as an introduction and door to the rest of the Psalms, this Psalm declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths and propositions of the Bible. The man of blessedness chooses to direct his life by God’s plan according to His inspired and inerrant Word. This draws our attention to the doctrine of bibliology or the doctrines of revelation, inspiration, preservation, collection and canonization of the Bible, and illumination (2 Tim. With this new position also comes new provision and resources of life—the Holy Spirit and the Word—both of which are likened to streams of living water (John 7:37-39; Ps. (5) The conditions in which we labor, the preparedness of the soil (Mk. Presently, I will identify the basic message of this psalm with a focus on its contemporary applicability. 3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. While eating lunch, my wife and I occasionally listen to a well-known talk show host who takes questions from those who call in for counsel with their perplexing moral dilemmas. One of the reasons Scripture is a delight, like honey in the honey comb, is because it is truth. God has given us His Word that we might become fruitful trees in His service and in ministry to others. This is to be our habit, and it will be if we obey verse 2 and God’s commands. The Hebrew word for “blessing” is a^shr?. He also prospers because, as such a man, he uses Scripture as a guide for how he does what he does. For many of them the answer is yes, but their time in church did nothing to build them in the Scripture. It declares the blessedness of the righteous and the misery and future of the wicked. The purpose of the Tribulation judgments is to purge out the rebels and bring Israel to the Messiah. Like the Hebrew language itself, Hebrew poetry uses vivid images, similes, and metaphors to communicate thoughts and feelings. In its place has come (a) shorter and shorter topical sermons aimed more at self-fulfillment than biblical exposition, (b) pop-psychology, (c) entertainment in the form of drama and music, (d) more and more emphasis on music that gives an emotional bang for the sake of the emotions rather than music that focuses the heart on the person and work of God, i.e., sound biblical truth that may then stir the soul. He operates in the sphere of God’s enablement, supply, and direction (Ps. It has been compared to the Sermon on the Mount. “Of sinners.” “Sinners” is the Hebrew j^ff`a. Where is the church, indeed, even the evangelical church today? If a tree is a fruit tree, it gives fruit. As one reflects back on this wonderful introductory Psalm, it is clear that the central issue is God’s awesome and holy Word, the Scripture. First, we can begin to think with the viewpoint of the wicked. 2:2; 2 Pet. Only those (both Jews and Gentiles) who have the robe of Christ’s righteousness because of their faith in Christ can stand before God’s throne. But why? It refers to a restless, unquiet condition which, in its agitation and unquieted passions, runs from one thing to another seeking happiness and peace, often at the hurt of others. But what does this picture teach us? Its leaf never droops— h~a’sh a&sh#r. By the sound of the words, the Hebrew has a play on these words which drive this home. And what does the church look like today? Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. What’s also clear is that they have not been ordering their lives by the Word. 1:3; Jer. As it is presented, it demonstrates the process of retrogression, which always occurs when men are not advancing in God’s words and way of life. I’m afraid this is the state of the majority—even of the majority of the church. It needs the Bible! It also means ungodly, godless, or negative toward God, loose from God, without Him as an anchor or controlling factor. 4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Note the contrast seen with verse 2 “but his delight is in the law of the Lord … not so the wicked” (cf. It’s the picture of mental, emotional, and spiritual stability in every kind of situation (see Phil. (b) By indifference. 3:6-7). (2) The way of the godly is set forth by way of a contrast: negatively, what the godly do not do (1:1), and positively, what the godly do (1:2). Usually these segments will be broken up by the text itself, pausing for reflection where the literature seems to tell us to stop and take account. And sometimes God allows severe suffering for other reasons as He did with Job. But it could also mean persecution as one takes a stand for righteousness or refuses to compromise or do the things employees are sometimes asked to do that go against the righteous principles of Scripture. It is the believer’s responsibility to respond to God’s provision and to plant themselves regularly in a seat where they can drink from these water resources. Salvation in the day of judgment is equated with being known by the Lord (cf. As to this life, the wicked, those who walk independently of God (believers or unbelievers), are driven about by the false counsel of the world, by satanic and human viewpoint (Eph. “Law” is torah (tor> or Tor`H) meaning “law, teaching, instruction.” So tor> means direction, instruction, but also law, because it contains the authoritative principles and instructions which are to guide men’s lives. Matt. It warns us how man is prone to turn aside little by little and become more and more entangled in the web of sin. Unlike the grain or actual seed, it has no body or substance and is blown about by the wind, always unstable. This is our journey to speak the gospel out of every corner of scripture. This means value choices! Called the "Threshold Psalm" because it begins the book of Psalms. The point is, our path or course is fully known by the Lord and He cares for us with God’s loving and providential care as a father his child and like the vinedresser cares for His vineyard (Ps. The research efforts of Gallup, Barna, and Hunter all indicate that evangelicals are, for the most part, as secular in their orientation as non-Christians. “Blessed” is plural in the Hebrew and literally means, “Oh the blessednesses, or the blessings.” It is an intensive plural and is designed to emphasize the multiplicity of blessings and happiness to those who fulfill the requirements marked out in this Psalm. Study the Bible online with devotions from 9:6b), (b) “do not proceed in the way of evil men” (Prov. “Of the wicked.” “Of” is a genitive of source, i.e., counsel from those who are wicked, from those who want nothing to do with God’s way. Compare Psalm 37:6 and note the kind of prosperity God primarily has in mind (spiritual prosperity, discernment, and godly character). 1:3; 3:20; Col. 2:10), and experientially (Phil. We can’t. 1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! They practice godliness from the heart—from the inside out. 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish. 2:1b where it means, “devise”). Psalms : Volume 1 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms): Psalms 1-41 (English Edition) eBook: Goldingay, John, Tremper Longman III: Kindle-Shop Writing with a scholar’s eye and a pastor’s heart, Goldingay considers the literary, historical, and grammatical dimensions of the text as well as its theological implications. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/3. 29:18). Because here is the root, everything else is the fruit, i.e., the result of one living close to God by living in His eternal, infallible, sure, true and tried Word. Welcome to Spoken Gospel. Psalm 1:2 is our answer! What is it that pastors and elders ought to be doing? Q. A Bible that is worn and falling apart from use usually belongs to someone who isn’t. Similar Items. In plain and simple terms, the forces of our modern society have replaced the centrality and priority of the preaching and teaching of the Scripture. (2) Antithetical—the thought of the first line is emphasized by a contrasting thought in the second line (1:6; 34:10). Because they do not have Christ’s righteousness, they are cast into the lake of fire. Seeing Jesus and his Gospel throughout the whole Bible is not about trying to see something that isn’t really there, but trusting the Spirit of God to show us what is really there. They fall short. Hebrew poetry repeats and rearranges thoughts rather than sounds. But true spiritual strength comes from a long-term, established relationship with God in his Word (Hebrew 5:11ff; 1 Pet. As a result of God’s judgment at the Great White Throne, sinners, those without the righteousness of Christ, will be excluded from the eternal blessings of God’s presence to be enjoyed by all those who stand in relation to God by faith in Christ. 4:11-13). 1, Moody Press, Chicago, 1980, p. 311. Under the guidance of God, we become conquerors in a world that tries … Their way of life gains them nothing with God, so it too will perish. Wisdom psalms share common features with other Old Testament wisdom literature, such as Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. (5) Emblematic—One line conveys the main point, the second line illuminates it by an image (42:1; 23:1). If this is translated as a conditional clause, “but if,” then verse three gives the conclusion and promise. The man (or woman) of blessedness and spiritual stability is one whose life is built on and bathed in the Scripture. This is the primary word by which the Psalmist describes the unrighteous. 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