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The blessed man!

Scripture reading for June 3: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylon.  David was one of the primary authors of the psalms, and many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he experienced life in all it’s emotional ups and downs! 

The first psalm was about a man who is blessed by God.  The blessed person doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  How does the blessed man know what wickedness is? Who is a sinner and what is a mocker? This man knows because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He meditated on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understood good and evil, righteousness and wickedness. 

The blessed man was described as a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and leafy and green because it’s roots were well-supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, water from underground brought productivity.  God abundantly supplied this man because of the Word he meditated on.  What an encouraging picture to begin worship with!

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff off of the wheat, that the wind blows away.  It was only good for burning.  Just like the chaff that was separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God watches over the righteous to protect and reward them.  God will also make sure the wicked perish.

How does this psalm point us to Jesus Christ? In what way or ways does this psalm help you in worship and joyful living? What doctrines are being taught in this first worship psalm? Does worship have a place in teaching doctrine?

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The blessed man!

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylon.  David was one of the primary authors and many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he experience the full range of life in all it’s emotional ups and downs!

The first psalm was about a man who was blessed by God.  There were several things this man did not do.  He didn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also didn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  This man knew what to avoid because he delighted in the law of the Lord!  He meditated on that law day and night.  From that law he gained understanding of good and evil, righteousness and wickedness.

The man who was blessed was like a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and leafy and green because it’s roots were well supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, it was not lacking because of the water supply it was tapped into.

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff of the wheat.  The wind came and blew it away.  Just like the chaff was separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man would not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They would be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God would watch over the righteous but would also make sure the wicked perished!

We are to meditate on the Word of God and focus on the living Word, Jesus Christ the Righteous One!  Life flows from Him like a stream of water and in Him we find eternal life!  God loves to bless those who sit at His feet, stand in His way and walk by faith in His Word!

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The Blessed Man!

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile.  David was one of the primary authors and  many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he walked with God.

Psalm 1 is about a man who is blessed by God.  There are some things this man does not do.  He doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.   This man knows what to do because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He is meditating on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understands good and evil.

The ‘blessed man’ was compared to a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree was always bearing fruit and was leafy and green because it’s roots were well supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it was dry and hot, it drew its water from God’s stream.    God abundantly supplied this man because of his faith in God’s word.

This blessed man was contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man was pictured as the chaff off of the wheat.  The wind came and blew it away.  It was good for nothing but to be burned up.  Just like the chaff that is separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God is watching over the righteous to provide and protect and ultimately reward them.  God is also going to make sure the wicked perish!

This song about the blessed man is for us today!  We are to meditate on the Word of God and focus on the living Word, Jesus Christ!  Life flows from Him and in Him we find eternal life!  Blessing is favor and a river of good flowing from the source of all blessing, God.  God loves to bless those who sit at His feet, stand in His way and walk by faith in His Word.

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“Kiss the Son”

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

Today begins the Psalms.  Psalms are the prayer and worship book of the Bible.  In this collection of poetic writings, we can hear honest declarations of worship, petition, trust, fears, and dependence on God from the hearts of those who loved God and lead others in worship.    As we begin our journey through the Psalms, take a moment to ask God to give you a deeper experience of worship and reverence for Him.

God is the central focus of the Psalms.  God’s law is a source of delight and blessing for those who meditate on it.  (Psalm 1:1-3)  God’s law helps us to walk in the right direction, sit with the right people and stand tall at the judgment.  Meditation on God’s law brings a source of life that brings fruitfulness to those who are tapped into it.  They are prosperous and strong, even in the dry times.  Those who meditate on God’s law are contrasted with the wicked who are likened to chaff.

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against  the Lord and against His Anointed One.”  “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”  “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” (Psalm 2:1-4)

This second Psalm tells of a world where nations and peoples plot to get rid of God.  They conspire and plot to break His “chains”.  These “chains” are the law of God that tells man of God’s righteous requirements for them. God on the throne laughs at them.  This laughter is not with them, but in derision of their foolish decision.  This anointed King will rule them with an iron rod and dash them like pottery!

This Psalm speaks of the Lord and His “Anointed One“, later in the Psalm called “Son”.  God takes the title of “Father” and states emphatically that He has installed “My King on Zion, My holy hill.”  (Psalm 2:6)  From our perspective, we know this Anointed One is Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.  God sent Him to earth to show man the Father and redeem man from the penalty for his rebellion.  “Kiss the Son” is the remedy for those in Psalm 2 who are plotting and conspiring.  All who take refuge in Him are blessed!

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The Blessed Man

Scripture reading for June 4th: Psalms 1-6

Today we embark on a study of the psalms.  The Book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the Hebrew people and was used in worship and prayer.  The word “psalm” denotes a “song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument.”  These psalms had at least seven different authors and were written over nearly a thousand years, from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylon.  David was one of the primary authors of the psalms.  Many reflect his own prayers, worship, fears, and desires as he experience the full range of life in all it’s emotional ups and downs!  As we study this book, let’s ask the Lord to open our eyes to see Jesus Christ and to know Him more intimately!

This book opens with a psalm about a man who is blessed by God.  There are some things this man does not do.  He doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked.  He also doesn’t stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  What is wickedness?  How do we know what counsel we should avoid?  What is a sinner?  What is the mocker mocking?  That’s easy to know from this Psalm.  This man knows because he delights in the law of the Lord!  He is meditating on that law day and night.  From that law he clearly understands good and evil, righteousness and wickedness.  He understands sin by knowing God’s law!

This man who is blessed is pictured as like a tree planted by streams of water.  This tree is always bearing fruit and is leafy and green because it’s roots are well supplied with moisture and nutrients.  Even when it is dry and hot, it is not lacking because of the water supply it draws from.  God abundantly supplies this man because of the Word he meditates on.  Circumstances may change the climate, but the roots are well supplied!  What an encouraging picture to begin worship with!

This blessed man is contrasted with the wicked man.  The wicked man is pictured as the chaff off of the wheat.  The wind comes and blows it away.  It is good for nothing but to be burned up.  Just like the chaff that is separated from the wheat by the wind, so the sinner and wicked man will not stand in the time of God’s judgment!  They will be separated from the assembly of the righteous and blessed!  God is watching over the righteous to provide and protect and ultimately reward them.  God is also going to make sure the wicked perish!

This song about the blessed man is for us today!  We are to meditate on the Word of God and focus on the living Word, Jesus Christ!  Life flows from Him and in Him we find eternal life!  Blessing is favor and a river of good flowing from the source of all blessing, God.  God loves to bless those who sit at His feet, stand in His way and walk by faith in His Word.

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