Psalm 1

A righteous person delights in the Bible and will live a fruitful life. But a wicked person will not withstand the day of judgement.

 

A RIGHTEOUS PERSON

 

VERSE 1. Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand on the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers;

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the wicked. Psalm 1 summarizes two ways open to us: the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked.

 

VERSE 2. but his delight is in the LORD’s law. On his Torah he meditates day and night.

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his delight is in the LORD’s law. A godly person is influenced not by unrighteous people but by meditation on the Word of God. Do you delight in the Bible?

he meditates day and night. Do you read the Bible twice a day?

 

VERSE 3. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.

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a tree planted by the streams of water. This is a picture of fruitfulness.

produces its fruit. Are you bearing fruit for Jesus Christ? Are you a fruitful Christian?

in season. Fruit is produced in its season and not necessarily immediately after planting.

Whatever he does shall prosper. Bearing fruit is not based upon the vitality of the tree, but rather upon God’s blessing.

Proverbs 12:3. A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Jeremiah 17:8. For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green, and will not be concerned in the year of drought. It won’t cease from yielding fruit.

 

A WICKED PERSON

 

VERSE 4. The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

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The wicked. The Hebrew word is rasha. People described by rasha are not in a covenant relationship with God. In our day we might say “the unsaved.”

like the chaff. Chaff is the worthless husks of the grain that are blown away by the wind in the process of winnowing.

 

VERSE 5. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

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the judgment. There is a judgement that will separate righteous people from wicked people.

 

VERSE 6. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.

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the LORD knows … the righteous. Salvation in the day of judgment is equated with being known by the LORD.

the way of the wicked shall perish. The worthless life of the ungodly will not endure.

 


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