Every wise man, whatever be the nature of his wisdom, will wish it to be increased as much as possible. The life we’re conscious of is that of our psyche, our “soul life” or personality. Everyone please look and see if there’s a hymnal in front of you. Psalm 1:1–2, Blessed is the man. Box 369 He will consider the nature and tendency of the instruction or advise given. So I hereby appoint each one of you an honorary beadle. Uh oh, I stepped on a toe or two. The Bible says that’s what the wicked, or ungodly, person is like. Verses 1-6: This wisdom psalm basically functions as an introduction to the entire book of Psalms. WHEN INSTRUCTION IS GIVEN TO A WISE MAN, HE WILL YET BE WISER. Congratulations — hail to the man or woman, hail to the young person or child who invests a life in that value! But the righteous person, the one who conspires to apply the principles of God’s law, bears fruit in season. Jesus suggests that if you do that, seven demons worse than the one you cleared out will come to take its place. Psalm 1:1-6 Children's Sermon September 24, 2012 by Daniel Lowery The Psalms have always held a special place in the devotional lives of believers. But what about the righteous? nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 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. 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. Revised for presentationon this site BLESSED IS THE GODLY PERSON. That knowledge, that relationship in which the Lord knows us, is not going to be lost. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Click Title To View) Psalm 01-10 Psalm 11-20 Psalm 21-30 Psalm 31-40 Psalm 41-50 Psalm 51-60 The psalm goes on then to speak, in the second place, of the dependability of the righteous. 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. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, 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. What are the influences to which we’re exposing ourselves, as Christian people? )his own transgressions. 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 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. as to be hated means but to be seen, Such a person is indeed blessed and happy, praise the Lord. One could even translate “congratulations to the man” — ashrei, “the happiness of, the blessedness of” that man. 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. that yields its fruit in its season, They are introductory, not only to the first book of five in the Psalms, but to the whole collection. In the Bible a righteous person is a person who is righteous in virtue of his relationship to the Lord God. It’s worth investing my life in. we first endure, then pity, then embrace. Hamilton, Illinois 62341 U.S.A. Still, they knew that God heard and answered, not according to their thoughts, but according to his loving-kindness; hence they poured out their whole souls to God, whether in gladness or sadness. But in Psalm 1 the righteous person is imagining how he could apply the words of God’s law to his life; he’s scheming and plotting the various ways in which he could put into action the principles of the Word of God. 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. The wicked are not so, The first psalm goes very much to that point, because it talks about a person’s walk with the Lord. You know, it’s been calculated that if all of the people who sleep in church on Sunday morning were laid end to end they would be more comfortable. Scripture: Psalm 1. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 1 Sermons. III. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). 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. Psalm 1 1Blessed is the man[a] who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2but his delight… yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, For that matter, what’s going to happen to this world? That reminded me of the Congregational churches of old New England, which used to have an officer called the beadle. 1. 3. It reminds us that there is a judgment, an accounting for our lives. In verses 1-2 the psalm contrasts the delight of the righteous and the delight of the wicked. 3. and on his law he meditates day and night. and on his law he meditates day and night. With regard to the first group we may say, "As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man." I thought you said four or five million.” Well, the point is that this earth isn’t going to last forever; I don’t care if it’s a million years or a billion. 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. 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. 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. A 5-minute sermon on Psalm 1 that I wrote for a preaching workshop. Psalm 1, then, teaches us some very important things. What about sports and hobbies? THE THIRD GROUP OF PSALMS CONSISTS OF THOSE IN WHICH THERE IS A DIRECT OR INDIRECT MESSIANIC REFERENCE AND FORECAST. I’m not used to preaching to congregations in which people know the Lord. Upon investigation it was discovered that the person stealing the money was the class champion in Scripture memorization! For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things (Philippians 3:17-19 NASB). . Psalm 1 Commentary: Verse 5 Contrasted with Verse 6. (Psalms 1:1-3) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. There will be a judgment on the human scene as well as on the eternal scene. 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. I want to speak to you about the first psalm, Psalm 1. Some psalms point to the era rather than to the Person of the Messiah. 1 Peter 5:7: casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. For the purpose of seeing and showing this, it may well be carefully studied. That indicates that Psalm 2 was thought of as the first psalm, while Psalm 1 is an introduction to the Psalms. It will expand to such a point that it will burn up the solar system; the earth will be destroyed. But now, what is wickedness? 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. We must avoid the counsel of the wicked or ungodly. 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. And since I gave a sermon on Psalm 1 back in March of this year, I thought I’d preach today from Psalm 2. Whom have I in heaven but You? Psalm 144:1-15 S. Conway This psalm is a string of quotations, mostly from Psalm 18 ., as any reference Bible will show; and as that psalm is almost undisputedly one of David's composition, therefore this, which owes so much to it, may be called his likewise. 1. Wickedness, then, begins with the adoption of a “no-God” philosophy. So let us take a closer look at these passages. 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 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. Jesus talks about being happy, or blessed, in the Sermon on the Mount. So please keep your eyes open and make sure that I stay awake. 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). And so may we; and God will do exceeding abundantly for us above all that we ask or think. The revealed law, Holy Scripture, points to the natural law, as we see in the first chapter of Romans. MANY OF THE PSALMS ARE THE OUTCOME OF PRIVATE OR PUBLIC DEVOTION. but his delight is in the law of the LORD, 7:13-14 about the wide gate and the easy way which leads to destruction, and Today we’re concerned with our personal spiritual growth, and with a deeper walk with the Lord. It warns us of the consequence of sin. But the place of paradise, the place of godliness, is the cultivated area where God can till the ground of your life. Astronomers and astrophysicists offer a variety of theories; one that I have heard claims that in a matter of four or five billion years the sun will become a supernova or exploding star. That is being righteous in Biblical terms. 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. 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. 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. There it can be gathered up and put to good use for the nourishment of man and beast — to be sold in the marketplace, sold to the housewives of the city who will bake their loaves and feed their families. What’s coming into your home through the Internet? Studying for this message, I discovered an interesting fact: this word “meditate” doesn’t refer to meditation like transcendental meditation, in which you seek to empty yourself out. Of these there are three kinds. I’m not worried that you might fall asleep, but I might. It contrasts them as to their present state, and it contrasts them as to their destiny— their ultimate state. 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. It points out to us that there is a value to investing our lives in that which endures. I. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Never before in history has so much biblical scholarship been available to Christians. I want to point out that when the Apostle Paul spoke of those “whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” he wasn’t speaking of people outside the body of Christ. By two cycles of contrast, Psalm 1 separates all people into their respective spiritual categories: 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. Such a one is the twenty-second psalm, in which the writer bemoans his own sufferings and (according to the LXX. “In four or five billion years,” he stated, “this is what will happen.” After the lecture a lady came up to him, very agitated, and asked, “In how many years did you say the earth would be destroyed by the sun?” “He replied, “In four or five billion years.” “Oh,” she sighed, “what a relief! The wicked – Psalm 1:5 will be judged and found to be guilty. I’m not used to preaching to Christian congregations. Righteousness is that which we have in virtue of our being the people of God in a right and proper relation to Him. I. Psalm 1:1 Sermons: Blessed is the one who doesn't follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join in with scoffers. Songs That Shape the Heart and Mind. He will endeavour to find out the motive of the person giving it. Now we have more than a dozen translations and paraphrases at our fingertips. II. 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. About once a month a lesson is presented from the next psalm in order. We can depend on him, or her, to build something worth while, something that endures. 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. The ungodly person has no place in the company of those who belong to the covenant, the people of the Lord. 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. In the light of Psalm 1, we would now have to say that Lot chose "to stand in the way of sinners." Eventually this person will find himself not only behaving that way but encouraging others in that lifestyle. Think about the other activities and interests of our life — even our work, perhaps — that can function in a way that exposes us to ungodly influences. In a wider sense, however, all of Scripture — all of the Word of God — is the law of the Lord. “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. Alexander Pope wrote some words apropos of this point: Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, But it’s not enough to memorize the Scripture, if we then fail to apply it; that’s like being a hearer and not a doer, which the Lord’s brother James warns us against (James 1:22). 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. Let’s look at the first section. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 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. But also there’s a judgment that takes place within the congregation, or assembly, of the righteous. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Those are the terms of God’s covenant, and if we’re determined to be the people and not to be the god in that relationship then we’re righteous in relation to the Lord. Moreover, meditating on the law of the Lord is more than just memorizing Bible verses. We, in our time, have exalted the wilderness because of the ecological uproar — the wilderness is supposedly the greatest thing. What kind of entertainment are you watching, and what sort of “no-God” philosophy does it reflect? And may the Spirit of God be himself our Light and our Guide! It does this with two figures or pictures, in verses 3-4. 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