Psalm 63:5-6: “my soul shall be upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night-watches.” Psalm 119:54: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” Compare Psalm 119:23, Psalm 119:43; Psalm 143:5. 1,2). #2 “…is like a tree planted by streams of water,” To delight in God’s law is to love his ways. True blessing comes from God. In the psalms, however, these two terms are often synonyms. The Book of Psalms (/ s ɑː m z / or / s ɔː (l) m z / SAW(L)MZ; Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים ‎, Tehillim, "praises"), commonly referred to simply as Psalms, the Psalter or "the Psalms", is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and thus a book of the Christian Old Testament. “Title”: The English title comes for the Septuagint, which entitled the book Psalmoi, meaning “Sacred Songs Sung to Musical accompaniment”. To download this slideshow, please click –> Psalm 1:1-2 Bible Study Slideshow | 11.18.20. Psalm 1:1-2 King James Version (KJV). Psalm 1:1-2 & 6, NKJV. The Book of Lamentations tells of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, which took place over 587 and 586 BC when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar overran the city. These psalms exhort the hearers/readers to pay close attention to God’s commandments and to be faithful in their response to them. Blessed are the undefiled in the way - דרך תמימי אשרי ashrey temimey darech, "O the blessedness of the perfect ones in the way. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Let us sing to the LORD: The psalmist first mentions honoring God with song and doing so in community. For example, the phrase walking with or before God speaks of a close relationship to God (e.g., this positive use describes such men as Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, David, all of whom were pleasing to God and all of whom experienced the blessednesses of Jehovah. For with whatever judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. John Piper @JohnPiper . 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law … Biblical wisdom literature had already begun to identify torah (the life-giving commandments of Yahweh) with the life-giving insights given by Yahweh through the wisdom tradition. Psalm 1, however, stresses careful, diligent attention to Scripture seeking God’s guidance for life. If God's people were not faithful to God's instructions, bad things would happen. The sequence of verbs employed describe a life immersed and focused on association with all that is opposed to God. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”) that faithful Israelites were to share Yahweh’s commandments with their children “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. This psalm begins in like manner as Christ's sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:3; setting forth the praises and expressing the happiness of the man who is described in this verse and Psalm 1:2. 1 Blessed is the man 1. who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in c the way of sinners, nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers; 2 but his g delight is in the law 2 of the L ord, and on his h law he meditates day and night. The psalmist clearly sees such purposeful immersion in the torah as an effective antidote to the inappropriate association with evil described in verse 1. For example, the phrase walking with or before God speaks of a close relationship to God (e.g., this positive use describes such men as Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, David, all of whom were pleasing to God and all of whom experienced the blessednesses of Jehovah. 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Breaking Down the Key Parts of Psalm 1:3 #1 “That person…” “That person” is the one who loves God and “delights in the law of the Lord,” and does not live like an unbeliever, wicked, mocking, and loving sin (Ps 1:1). Through their disdain they stir up anger and strife (20:1; 22:10; 29:8). This is a beautiful image of a person of faith who lives out what they believe. Psalms 1:1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. The difference of nuance between rešaʿim and ḥaṭṭaʾim is perhaps similar to that of the person convicted of a single theft compared with a career criminal. 1 Mapalad ang tao na hindi lumalakad sa payo ng masama, ni tumatayo man sa daan ng mga makasalanan, ni nauupo man sa upuan ng mga manglilibak. 1,2). Some look for it in jobs, money, new homes and cars, sex, alcohol, and even drugs. The Hebrew word signifieth hymns, or praises, because the greater part of these psalms … New International Version (NIV), NIV Application Commentary – Psalms 1:1–2, Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the. These guilty men have “counsel” to give you. Often the Hebrew word torah is identified with the Law—the primary identifying document of Israelite (and later Jewish) faith. When I was a girl (a long time ago - sigh), I remember thinking that Christians and non-Christians were so much alike. Adam Clarke Commentary. Jeremiah knew that being chosen by God did not translate to a free pass. The opening blessing of the psalm (ʾašre) is common enough in the wisdom teaching of the Old Testament to recognize it as a characteristic method of the sages to exhort hearers to right action. Compare Psalm 119:23, Psalm 119:43; Psalm 143:5. 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. Psalm 8 is an exception in Book 1, as it does not pertain specifically to David. As German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” But what are the priorities for the Christians? As James L. Mays has shown us, Psalm 1 is the first of several Torah psalms strategically placed within the book of Psalms (1; 19; 119). But even, For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who didn’t sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.” — 1 Peter 2:21-22 The hurricanes of 2017 in my home state of Florida caused me to think about priorities. Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. They have “plans” for you to implement in your life. I have an impairment regarding how I view others and how I view myself. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. The “wicked” (rešaʿim) are those who have been judged “guilty” in a court of law or would be if brought to trial. The psalmist now turns to describe an alternative lifestyle and association that lead to the blessing with which Psalm 1 begins. Those who appropriately fulfilled the expectations of the mišpaṭ were proclaimed ṣaddiq (“righteous”), while those who failed to live up to this standard were pronounced rašaʿ (“guilty”). Delight … in the law of the Lord. But his delight is in the law of the Lord — In the study and practice of it, as appears from the context. Its concern is with all human authority, not only David’s rule. These pronouncements were made publicly, and so the rešaʿim (plural of rašaʿ) bore the approbation of their community. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Psalms are usually identified by a sequence number, often preceded by the abbreviation "Ps." It’s not … Lamentations does not name its author, but it is generally attributed to the prophet Jeremiah. Psalm 119:54 : "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage." In fact, one of the first collections included in the book was titled “the prayers of David son of Jesse” . Read Psalm 1:1-2. The final term, leṣim (“mockers”), describes those who have gone beyond a few sinful acts and even a personal life marked by an inclination to wrong-doing. ; The kings of the earth have set themselves together, and the rulers have consulted together, against jehovah, and against his anointed. Close. Psalm 1:2 – in contrast to those who would participate in those evil things – this man’s delight is somewhere else. 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. Psalms 1:1-2 NIV. 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. The words may be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of the man", or "of this man" (l); he is doubly blessed, a thrice happy and blessed man; blessed in things temporal and spiritual; happy in this world, and in that to come. The second term, ḥaṭṭaʾim (“sinners”), emphasized the fallibility of individuals who have an inclination to sin. First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.” —Matthew 7:1-5 I have a condition. Psalm 1:3 “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Explanation and Commentary of Psalm 1:3. 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk. Psalm 1:1 "Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." Psalms 1:1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. THE BLESSED MAN’S COUNSEL – THE WORD OF GOD – Psalm 1:1-2 While the parallels are not exact, both passages illustrate a totality of experience in which one is immersed, focused, and committed to a culture of association that dominates and shapes a worldview. See that in Psalm 1:1? Psalm 8, like Genesis 1:1-2:4a, seems to present all humans in the royal office. The order of these verbs may indicate a gradual descent into evil, in which one first walks alongside, then stops, and ultimately takes up permanent residence in the company of the wicked. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. The sectarian community of Essenes, who withdrew from general society to a commune near the shore of the Dead Sea from approximately 160 b.c. The Hebrew title for the book is tehilim, meaning “praises”.If one word could be chosen to describe the book, certainly “praises” would qualify, for there is no psalm that does not contain an element of praise. Psalm 1 1 Meaning: “Counsel” And you know, if that was all there was to these kinds of men, they might not be so difficult to deal with. Psalm 1 Commentary: Verse 1 Contrasted with Verse 2. He … a. Psalm 1:1 April 3, 2018. Their community rule explicitly mandated that at every hour of day or night someone should be studying and interpreting God’s torah. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm, a kind of gateway to the rest, where all kinds of qualities are mentioned. You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. 1. Psalms 1:1-2 NIV Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. Subscribe. Psalm 1:1-6 1 Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked And does not stand on the path of sinners + And does not sit in the seat of scoffers. Why? Why are the nations tumultuously assembled, and why do the peoples meditate a vain thing? Brevard Childs is undoubtedly right when he observes that the function of this exhortation in the introductory psalm of the Psalter is to encourage the readers to meditate on the book of Psalms as Scripture and to seek there God’s message that guides and establishes the life of faith. Psalm 1. The Torah in this sense refers to the first five books of our Old Testament—Genesis through Deuteronomy—which as a unified collection came to a final form as authoritative Scripture only in the exilic period (ca. The book of Psalms begins with a description of real happiness. PSALM 1 * True Happiness in God’s Law I. Such persons have not just committed an isolated act of evil but live lives dominated and shaped by their inclinations. It is probable that the psalmist had the injunction in his mind which is contained in Joshua 1:8. Psalms Book One The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked. Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! And (we pray!) But some look for it in all the wrong places and in all the wrong things. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm, a kind of gateway to the rest, where all kinds of qualities are mentioned. This is a lifestyle to be avoided, not emulated. At the same time, however, the wisdom understanding of torah prevents easy limitation to the five books of the Torah. Psalm 1:1(KJV) Verse Thoughts Such a man is living in the world but is not enticed by the things of the world, nor is he influenced by the mind-set of the worldly men, who live in defiant rebellion against God and holds His anointed Son in such contempt. Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 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