And so the last two verses contrast the final end of these two types of people. The passage is not speaking about complying with a system of works or self-righteous pharisaism, nor complying with a special formula so one may then experience blessedness. (2) Fruit: Violates the rights of others: oppressive, violent, greedy; unstable, without security, and facing sure judgment (Isa. If it is an oak, it gives shade. He makes sure the speaker isn't lacking any necessities. The principle is that certain things corrupt, they tear down and destroy. 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, who does not stand in the place of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. Well, it certainly does not look like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in its season. Two lines expressing opposites is known as antithetic parallelism. 4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. (a) By blatant ridicule or rejection. 14:10-11; 1 Cor. And that’s the picture we have of the ungodly. Not withering. This results in moral instability which is the fruit of the root problem, a failure to care about God. 1, Moody Press, Chicago, 1980, p. 311. It is not, however, an unconditional pronouncement, nor a pronouncement of bliss or a life without problems. This verb actually means “to transplant,” not merely “plant.” This is rich and significant. This verse flatly and absolutely denies any correspondence of the characteristics and life of the wicked with the righteous. An example of antithetic parallelism: "And he led them in a cloud by day/ and all the night by a fiery light" (Psalm 78:14). How many proverbs did Solomon write? But we must, in the practical application of this, personally respond to His plan. It’s a beautiful opening which drives home the main idea of these 150 chapters. Your email address will not be published. What the righteous man does not do. (2) Tribulation Judgments: Also known as Jacob’s trouble and Daniel’s 70th week. It can refer to instrumental music and to singing to musical accompaniment. The psalm are as Mears says “a direct expression of the soul’s consciousness of God .”. The word “delight” was also used of that in which one takes delight as in one’s business, pursuits, or affairs of life. 4:14-20; John 4:37-38). The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. In the Hebrew Bible, Psalms begins the third and last section of the biblical canon, known as the Writings. 2. The data reveals, among other things, an astounding degree of theological illiteracy: 84 percent of those who claim the evangelical label embrace the notion that in salvation God helps those who help themselves, 77 percent believe that human beings are basically good and that good people go to heaven regardless of their relationship to Christ, while more than half of those surveyed affirmed self-fulfillment as their first priority. It could refer to a kind of wisdom poem or music genre, but we don’t know. PSALM 1:1-3. So, what is Psalm 1 talking about? First the word with obedience and application, and then there is production. These verses pose a warning to us. Note that that quality which characterizes the life of the blessed above everything else which could be mentioned is one’s relationship to the Word of God (Ps. This judgment also comes at the end of the Tribulation and is carried out by Christ on earth. Yet, this is the one quality which is of single importance. Unbelievers are separated from believers and the believers go into the Millennium. “In its season” is literally “in its time,” i.e., at the proper, suitable time (Ps. The tense of Psalm 130 is not absolute, and can be interpreted as either in the past or present tense. 5:1-11; 2 Thess. Isaiah 57:20-21 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. In the progress of revelation, the Old Testament does not give us the details of the last judgments as does the New Testament. Psalms 90-106 (Book 4). What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? Psalm 70: This psalm has apparently been detached from the end of Psalm 40 where it appears as verses 13-17. This does not deny the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit or other valid functions of the church like music, but central to everything is the Word (Jam. These psalms are sometimes categorized as “enthronement psalms” because of their focus on God’s eternal kingship. But does God really mean this? Unlike the grain or actual seed, it has no body or substance and is blown about by the wind, always unstable. This is to be our habit, and it will be if we obey verse 2 and God’s commands. While praise and prayer characterize the Psalms as a whole, they may be categorized as: Praise (33, 103, 139), Historical (68, 78, 105, 106), Relational (8, 16, 20, 23, 55), Imprecatory (35, 69, 109, 137), Penitential (6, 32, 51, 102, 130, 143), and Messianic (2, 8, 16, 22, 40, 45, 69, 72, 89, 102, 109-110). “Of the Lord.” yahweh is a genitive of source, i.e., the law or Scripture which comes from the LORD. For the sake of emphasis, the Hebrew word order reads, “but rather, in the Law of the Lord (is) his delight.” God’s emphasis is on His word, that which is to be the object of our delight. 9:6b), (b) “do not proceed in the way of evil men” (Prov. In New Testament times we have pastors or elders who are to teach as well as other teachers (Eph. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Psalm 103—a Psalm of David. 54:12, “precious, delightful stones,” and Mal. (3) Synthetic—the second line explains or further develops the idea of the first line (1:3; 95:3). Included with this would be reading, hearing, study, and memorizing so one can accurately think about Scripture and apply it. It means “to stop, to be firm.” From merely walking in their counsel, one becomes more confirmed in the way of the wicked, more involved and influenced. 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. Note, “how blessed is the man who …” The article specifies a certain kind of man, “the man who obeys the actions of this passage.”. “Stand” is the Hebrew u`m~D. And sometimes God allows severe suffering for other reasons as He did with Job. We were guilty before God. The “Psalm 91” goes beyond literal language, it is a song that attracts good energy. These words contrast two lifestyles: (a) The righteous cling to God, love His Word, and as a result are restrained, stable, upright, and just. Compare: Isaiah 53:10-11 (“the good pleasure,” i.e., the purpose, business, cause); Isaiah 58:13 (“your own pleasure,” i.e., business, affairs); and Proverbs 31:13 (“and works at the ‘business of her hands’”).3 The principle is that the study of God’s Word is to be one of the key purposes and affairs in our life in which we delight and to which we give careful attention. And the main idea of verse 1 is this: God’s people are to be totally separated from ungodliness (x 2). As the wicked are driven about in life because they do not have the Lord and His righteousness, so they will be driven away from Him in the day of judgment because they lack His gift of righteousness through Jesus Christ. Psalms, the longest book in the bible, contains poems that touch every human emotion. Your email address will not be published. While believers have a heavenly position and an eternal inheritance secured by the work of Jesus Christ, the experience of their blessings, the increase of their capacity to appreciate the Lord, and their capacity for happiness is directly proportional to their knowledge and application of the Word. Yet, this is the one quality which is of single importance. The basic meaning is obvious, but let’s dig a little deeper to see exactly what this means. There are two distinct parts to the psalm: First, the lament of the present destruction is stated (verses 1-11); then, introduced by the word “For” (verse 12), the hope of the psalmist is voiced (verses 12-23). 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. Eph. A book of worship, praise, and prayer. On the other hand, Psalm 1:6 – the righteous are intimately known by the Lord. Regarded as the Psalm of Psalms, this opening chapter sets the table for the entire book. 3:12, “delightful land”). It’s three sets of two verses each contrasting the righteous and the wicked. the main idea of this poem is to tell people the main reason of our life on earth First, we can begin to think with the viewpoint of the wicked. The way of the wicked perishes because it is left to itself. 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. I call Psalm 1 the Wicket Gate into the Psalter. Sin is the transgression of the Law. “Verses 1-9: The theme of Psalm 8 (“how excellent”), blazes across this Psalm from start to finish (8:1, 9). This does not mean there is never adversity or failure. This psalm is not interpreted literally, in fact, since the language that is translated literally has small variations. The internal enemy of this penitential psalm is expressed in the speaker’s guilt when addressing Yahweh. This is why Christ had to die for our sin so we might have His righteousness. Some of these profess to be Christians, and I don’t doubt that many of them are. Eph. An equal number had a difficult time accepting the concept of absolute truth. For example, the proposals for Joshua and Nahum are summaries and not main points, and the proposal for Job misses the centrality of the fear of the Lord. “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. It means “to mock, deride, ridicule, scoff.” Grammatically, it is a participle of habitual action. Psalm 1:2 – in contrast to those who would participate in those evil things – this man’s delight is somewhere else. THE SHEPHERD'S PROVISION (23:1-3) A. Blessing comes from growth in the plan of God through fellowship with Him and through the Word of God. A plant which is planted by streams of water has the capacity to endure (Jer. Nevertheless, no comfort came. Man’s spiritual life is set forth negatively and positively, inwardly and externally, figuratively and literally. And God changed things, didn’t he? He chose according to the viewpoint of the wicked. The wicked – Psalm 1:5 will be judged and found to be guilty. And the Lord drew us to himself. There are several types of parallel arrangement of thoughts, with the first three listed below being the most basic. 13:24-42). So how does the wicked forsake his wicked way? Their way (even when religious) is the way of man, the flesh, and cannot stand before the righteousness of God. 8, 19, 33, 65, 111, 104, 145, 147.: God the Redeemer. Psalm 1 assumes that salvation has already taken place: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. “Blessed is the man who.” “Who” is a function word which introduces us to the person who is so blessed, one who has the qualities of life which lead to blessedness. 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. I fear that this may be only the tip of a massive iceberg.6. Psalms 23:1-6.Under a metaphor borrowed from scenes of pastoral life, with which David was familiar, he describes God's providential care in providing refreshment, guidance, protection, and abundance, and so affording grounds of confidence in His perpetual favor. The purpose of the Tribulation judgments is to purge out the rebels and bring Israel to the Messiah. Numbering of the Psalms differs—mostly by one, see table—between the Hebrew and Greek (Septuagint) manuscripts.Protestant translations (Lutheran, Anglican, Calvinist) use the Hebrew numbering, but other Christian traditions vary: . 4 R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., Bruce K. Waltke, Theological Word Book of the Old Testament, Vol. Have these people been going to church? Psalm 1:3 – you could have a life characterized by the kind of success that really matters or Psalm 1:4 – you could be inconsequential in God’s eyes by leading a godless rebellious life. Psalm 1 Commentary: (See the type of psalm Psalm 1 is at our Psalm 1 Genre article. How often do the righteous face discouragement – because it seems like this isn’t the case? Bearing fruit. Last week’s review of the NIV Proclamation Bible got me excited about its concise main points for every book of the Bible. “Which yields” is n`T^n, “to give.” The verb is the imperfect tense, which stresses continual action, or even that which, given the inherent power of Scripture, is always true as a general rule of life. Each tree is to have some fruit. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me 2. Why? “In the counsel.” “Counsel” is the Hebrew [email protected]>h which means, “purpose, plan, resolution of the will,” or “deliberation, viewpoint, way of thinking.” It refers to a mental attitude, a state of mind, or viewpoint that determines the decisions that we make. 6:4f; 1 Cor. Here we see patterns forming and becoming entrenched. The root meaning of the word psalm in Hebrew is “a song … especially a hymn, a song of praise” (Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon). So a fuller statement of what Psalm 1 is about could be this: “The Righteous are Blessed and the Wicked are Judged.” Psalm 1 Commentary: Relevant Today. ... in the second stage of his religious history what does Edwards make the main business of his life? I think the very structure of this psalm even leads us to think this way. The important thing is the idea that the song says, which because it is very powerful transmits protection and care to the home and people. Fruit is a proof of the root, i.e., where one is dwelling (in truth or error) (cf. The title affords us no information beyond the fact that David is the author of this sublime song. And with those considerations in our minds we can proceed to investigate the poetic texture of Psalm 1 – which mainly consists of interpreting the images painted for us. Nevertheless, certain ideas are set forth in the psalms that are essential to the purposes for which they were written, including the reality and significance of Yahweh in relation to the experiences of individuals and the nation as a whole. Being like a tree is of course a metaphor, a picture. No, instead a person who wants to be blessed must live wisely in his relationship with YHWH, delig… BLESSED IS THE GODLY PERSON. 6-19; 1 Thess. What is it that pastors and elders ought to be doing? Then we can quite naturally begin to behave like sinners, acting more and more like the world. This is the message of this Psalm. Later he wrote, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction,” and then he quickly warned, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. One reason people love the Psalms is that we can each usually identify the Psalms with our own experiences. 4:17f). He makes me to lie down in green pastures 3. While genuine believers cannot lose their salvation, there is the danger of living like the unrighteous (the wicked) in carnal indifference, perhaps very religious, but out of fellowship with God. It presents two ways of life: the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. 2. He is easily influenced by the way of the world in its attitudes and actions, for actions follow attitudes. 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. The wicked will not be able to stand before God’s judgment (verse 5), but will be driven out, away from God and believers (see Rev. 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. It was very dark. 5:22-23). Our word P#l#G refers to canals or water courses provided for irrigation. “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. Their way of life gains them nothing with God, so it too will perish. 1 Lawrence O. Richards, The Teacher's Commentary, electronic media. 111-118). 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (vv. 10:4-5). George Whitefield, the great eighteenth-century evangelist, was hounded by a group of detractors who called themselves the “Hell-fire Club.” They derided his work and mocked him. 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. Munoz 1 Frida Munoz 1731832 SIM #2 (Psalm 1) The main idea of the passage is that those grounded in the Lord will live a good life, but those who rebel against them will perish. planted by j streams of water . 72) in spite of life’s tremendous difficulties (Ps. It is whatever misses the will of God for man doctrinally or morally. Literally, we may translate, “in all that he may do he continually or repeatedly prospers.” “Prospers” is the Hebrew x`[email protected]~j, “prosper, succeed, be profitable.” The root means to accomplish satisfactorily what is intended.4 Real prosperity results from the work of God in the life of one who meditates on His Word. 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