The Godly Person
January 9, 2010
INTRODUCTION: The editor who placed this jewel at the beginning of the Psalms did a wise thing, for it points the way to blessing and warns about divine judgment. These are frequent themes in the Psalms.
It is as though this Psalm stands here as a faithful doorkeeper, confronting those who would be in "the congregation of the righteous."
The Psalms, along with the Proverbs, often use the same theme of wisdom writing, with their interest in the company a man keeps, in the two ways set before him.
The closest parallel to this Psalm is found in one of the prophets.
Jeremiah 17:5-8, "Thus says the Lord:
'Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit."
Two of the most popular words in the Christian vocabulary are bless and blessing. God wants to bless His people. He wants them to be recipients and channels of blessing. God blesses us to make us a blessing to others, but He has given us certain conditions for receiving blessings.
Note that the first and last words of Psalm 1 indicate the alternatives. "Blessed" is the righteous person who "delights in God's law"; the "ungodly,' on the other hand, will "perish."
In handling these two themes, the author of Psalm 1 is only anticipating what Jesus Himself was to teach, that men and women are either on the broad road that leads to destruction, or on the narrow way that leads to life. (Matt 7:1 ...
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