Blessed Vs Wicked Psalm 1
Everyone looks for blessings and hates wickedness. Psalm 1 is not talking about worldly blessings. It talks about a thoroughly theocentric (centered on God) understanding of happiness which emerges from focused attention on God and His teaching. Psalm 1 presents 2 ways to live. The way of the world or the way of the Word.
Signs of a blessed person
A. Things he won’t do. Negatives (-ves)1:1.
1.He does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
2.He does not stand in the way of sinners.
3.He does not sit in the seat of mockers.
B. Things he will do- Positives.(+ves) 1:2.
1.He delights in the Law of the Lord.
2.He meditates it day day and night.
A blessed person will be like a tree.(1:3) God desires that we become a tree, with strong roots in His Law and His Word, unmoved by the winds of life’s trials.
- Planted by the streams.
- yields its fruits in season.
- It’s leaf does not wither.
He prospers in everything.
Life of a wicked person.1:4,5.(Those who live according to world’s standards and not God’s)
- Wicked person will be like chaff.(no value, not much use and not much weight)
2.which the wind blows away.( can’t find afterwards).
3.they will not stand in the judgement.
- they will not stand in the assembly of the righteous. What God does 1:6.
A. Righteous- God watches over them.(They will prosper)
B Wicked- they will perish.( because God is not with them).
Delight = great pleasure, happiness, excitement, gratification.
Meditate = to think seriously about something for a long time.(Cambridge Dictionary) Meditation allows the Word to penetrate our minds, hearts and wills more deeply. It sends our roots down deep, taking in more and more of the life-giving water of the Word. We need to intentionally cultivate meditation on God’s Word.
Who are our counsellors and friends?What delights us in life?
Are we delighting in God’s Word and meditating on it day and night?
Are we rooted in God’s Word, continuously taking nourishment from it to grow and to produce fruits?