As far as the believer’s fruitfulness is concerned, this means studying and becoming prepared to serve in special ways according to one’s gifts and God’s timing (compare Moses, Paul and Christ). Primarily they are unstable, blown about from pillar to post because they have no spiritual roots in the Word of God (cf. Their way of life gains them nothing with God, so it too will perish. 10:3-5; 119:53 with 54 and 119:155 with 165). 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. It refers to one who is actively engaged in putting down the things of God and His Word. I’m afraid this is the state of the majority—even of the majority of the church. 37:3-5). But true spiritual strength comes from a long-term, established relationship with God in his Word (Hebrew 5:11ff; 1 Pet. For a similar idea compare the wheat and tares (Matt. was a 1966 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years. Welcome to Spoken Gospel. One reason people love the Psalms is that we can each usually identify the Psalms with our own experiences. What does it mean to be "like a tree planted by streams of water"? Now, what are those things? This is the message of this Psalm. A plant which is planted by streams of water has the capacity to endure (Jer. 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. There are several categories of fruit: (a) The character of Jesus Christ (Gal. In their carnality they become unrestrained and impoverished in their spiritual lives. He chose according to the viewpoint of the wicked. Spiritual growth doesn't just happen. This results in moral instability which is the fruit of the root problem, a failure to care about God. But when the veil is taken away by the Spirit, and we see the Gospel throughout the Bible, we don’t just get new information or discover clever connections. We believe that the whole Bible is about Jesus. (b) The wicked are unstable, unfruitful, and will be judged. “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. Prov. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. But the thing that never ceases to amaze me is the mess people can get their lives in. 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. “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. 1:19f). 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 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. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/1. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”. But loose morals occur only because one was first negative to God; loose from Him, cut loose and excluded from a life with God and the control and stability that God brings into the lives of men when they have fellowship with Him. It is about seeing how God operated in historical events, through authorial intent, in the texts of scripture to show us more of his glory in Jesus. For the righteous (believers in Christ), there is God’s pre-vision, and so also God’s pro-vision so that even when they fail and sin, God has foreknown us and provided for us in the complete and finished work of Jesus Christ. The verb is h`G> or H`G`H which literally means “to moan, growl, utter, speak, muse, think, and plan” (cf. But does God really mean this? (1) A tree has deep roots and is usually very sturdy, especially when compared to a tumble weed. By turning to God and His infinite Word (Isaiah 55:7-11). The participle stresses continual action. We saw in verse 1 that one of the basic ideas of this word was to be loose or unstable, and so it means to be loose ethically. “Of the Lord.” yahweh is a genitive of source, i.e., the law or Scripture which comes from the LORD. It’s the picture of mental, emotional, and spiritual stability in every kind of situation (see Phil. These verses pose a warning to us. God often engineers failure as mirrors of reproof and instruments of growth. “Will not stand.” The verb here is qWm, “rise, arise, stand.” It looks at standing as the result of rising up. Blessing comes from growth in the plan of God through fellowship with Him and through the Word of God. How do people scoff at the Word of God? 2:1-12; Matt. Have these people been going to church? The Hebrew word for “blessing” is a^shr?. Unbelievers are separated from believers and the believers go into the Millennium. The choice is ours. He/she is a person of the Scriptures. (New … 5:11-13). 6-19; 1 Thess. 1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! (4) Climactic—The second line repeats with the exception of the last terms (29:1). Note how this Psalm drives home its truth by the use of contrasts. Included with this would be reading, hearing, study, and memorizing so one can accurately think about Scripture and apply it. Wisdom psalms: 1, 8, 15, 19, 34, 35, 36, 39, 49, 50, 62, 64, 65, 73, 78, 82, 103, 104, 106, 107, 111, 112, 119, 127, 128, 139, 145, 148 [ categories identified by Radmacher, 646-744] There are praise Psalms, lament Psalms, and enthronement Psalms and all contain wisdom, of course, but as an introduction and door to the rest of the Psalms, this Psalm declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths and propositions of the Bible. If you are interested there is a thorough study on this subject entitled, Bibliology: The Doctrine of the Written Word available on the Biblical Studies Foundation web site at in the theology section. The purpose of the Tribulation judgments is to purge out the rebels and bring Israel to the Messiah. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/2. (1) There are three degrees of habit or conduct: walk / stand / sit. Rejection of Christ and His Word means no provision for eternity. 25:31-46). Applying the Wisdom of Psalm 1 With my post on September 23, “The Wisdom of Psalm 1,” we saw that Psalm 1 is a wisdom psalm that has a precise structural arrangement. With verse 4 we come to a very strong contrast. In this first volume of a three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides a lucid introduction to the Psalter and fresh commentary on Psalms 1–41. Yet, this is the one quality which is of single importance. If this is translated as a conditional clause, “but if,” then verse three gives the conclusion and promise. “So” is the Hebrew [email protected], an adverb of quality. (c) By substituting one’s own ideas, experiences, emotions, feelings, or traditions for the Word and its principles. “For by him all things were created…all things were created through him and for him. 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. You have to constantly strive to grow in the Word of God and Jesus Christ. It is whatever misses the will of God for man doctrinally or morally. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Psa. The church in Corinth is an illustration of this. 1. The lives of the godly demonstrate inner consistency, growth, and beauty as they increasingly reflect God’s righteousness and justice, love and fidelity, compassion and grace. Because of the nature of the Bible as God’s inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word to man, and because of its total sufficiency to meet every need of a person’s soul. We are all sinners. Read Wisdom from the Psalms daily devotionals online from Christian radio broadcast ministries. The NIV even translates this, “The Lord watches over …” But ultimately, the issue here is the basis of God’s judgment. Usually these segments will be broken up by the text itself, pausing for reflection where the literature seems to tell us to stop and take account. “Transplanted” is a passive participle. This means value choices! 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