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Psalm 1

Psalm 1 Tree Planted by the Rivers

Painting by Michael Mandia

I’m going to try and get a 3-day head start on my New Year’s Resolution of blogging about at least 2 chapters a week. I’m going to begin with the collection of 3,000 year old prayers, called the Psalms!

Psalm 1 is a Preface Psalm to the other 149 chapters. It is the shingle hung out to tell us what is inside. This book will teach us the way to blessedness, and warn us of the snare of sin.

Division
This Psalm simply divides into two portions:

  1. they who delight in the Lord, and
  2. they who choose not to.

The Downward Gradation of Verse 1

  He walketh not   in the counsel   of the ungodly,
  Nor standeth     in the way       of     sinners,
  Nor SITTETH      in the SEAT      of     SCORNFUL.

Negatively Blessed, and Positively Blessed

It is one thing

  • to avoid walking with those who do not acknowledge God, or
  • to refrain from parking myself in the way of sin, or
  • to recline with those who scorn the truth of the Lord…

but am I positively being blessed? Am I delighting? Am I in the word of the Lord?

When it is the day of prosperity and the sun is fully shining, or when darkness has fallen, and the cold air seeps underneath my skin…is my delight still to be found in the Lord?

Planted

I love that word…planted! Not a wild, by chance, evolutionary thing; but rather, chosen, intended, cultivated and nurtured. Planted by the Father!

Rivers

If I were to name the rivers He has planted me by…where would I begin?

  • Adoption
  • Blessing
  • Communion with Christ
  • Delightfulness
  • Encouragement
  • Faithfulness
  • Grace
  • Holiness
  • I…
  • Justification
  • Keeping power
  • Lovingkindness
  • Mercy
  • N…
  • Omniscient
  • Pardon
  • Q…
  • Restoration
  • Salvation
  • Truth
  • Unconditional Acceptance
  • Vision
  • Washing
  • X…
  • Youth (Renewed Youth)
  • Zenith (The Most High)

(if anyone has an idea for what the Lord has provided for them that starts with the four outstanding letters, I’d be very interested to know about them!)

…in his Season

That phrase has comforted me from the get-go especially as I spend time telling myself what I should be doing, or how I should be progressing, etc. That energy-killing Should-thinking.

But this phrase says that we have a season for fruitfulness, and a season to just get deeper. And my season may not look the same as David Brainerd or Hudson Taylor’s or even the gal sitting in the pew next to me. It’s just me and the Lord I delight in.

Prosperity

I suppose some folks think of wealth and outward success when they hear the word prosperity. But I cannot help but yearn for soul prosperity. To flourish in the fruit of the Spirit and the characteristics of Christ, to have vision and faithfulness like the Father…how does gold even compare to those traits!

Ungodly

I don’t necessarily think of this term in relationship to morality, as much as to interest and attention.

It’s the difference between the

  • (N)KJV translation and the NIV
  • ungodly vs wicked.

Ungodly can mean someone with God, or simply neglects God, whereas, I tend to put morality more with wicked.

Chaff

Worthless, dead, unserviceable, unsubstantial, easily-carried away, chaff. The exact opposite of what is to be had by delighting in the promises of the Lord. Why, o Why, do I neglect Him?

The Lord Knows…

What a powerful word know is!

Adam knew Eve, and she conceived.

Obviously, this was more than a cup of coffee, or a simple knowledge of facts regarding her! This was Intimacy. Relational. Communion. This is how the Lord wants to know us. And He says…

we 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.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Ultimate Blessed Man in this Psalm. But I pray that You would make me like this man. Discerning, active, delighting, meditating, growing…fruitfulness from You and for You and for Your people. Where I am chaff-y in my life, I pray you will deal graciously, yet appropriately with those areas, and make all my leafs wither-proof by living for You!

Links about Psalm 1

http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps001.htm

http://bible.org/article/psalm-1-two-ways-life-psalm-wisdom

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1124&commInfo=5&topic=Psalms&ar=Psa_1_1

http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/19001.htm