John Piper May 25, 2008 564 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. God’s law helps him to avoid many of life’s pitfalls and sets his feet in positive directions. Jesus said that the first commandment (in order of importance) is loving God. It nurtures his soul. Verse six presents a key to understanding Psalm 1: “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly are contrasted. They are also more likely than most to live in harmony with their neighbors and to waste less time, energy, and money on frivolous things and unnecessary worries. “nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (v. 5b). The second is loving our neighbors. Not withering. 3 He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, May 25, 2008. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. So, it’s not permanent. Bearing fruit. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. 1 (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. Psalm 1:3-4 contrasts two images – both from nature and agriculture. On the one hand – Psalm 1:3 – a firm healthy, growing tree. 1 Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, ), which the WEB has updated. However, their advice is likely to lead to destruction. We use happy more broadly––often in ways that are profoundly secular and often contrary to biblical standards. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. “For Yahweh knows (Hebrew: yada) the way of the righteous” (v. 6a). “Blessed.” Modern translations often use the word happy instead of blessed. Whatever he does shall prosper” (v. 3). So, a message like we have in Psalm 1 is needed for us today. ), Psalm 1 is about the blessings of the righteous. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979-1988), Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R. you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Judgment for the wicked. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. 1. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. On his law he meditates day and night. In this instance, it means stand as contrasted with fall. Psalm 1 Commentary: (See the type of psalm Psalm 1 is at our Psalm 1 Genre article. As for the structure of this psalm, it doesn’t follow a lament or praise pattern. • It is “right, rejoicing the heart.” 1 Blessed is the one(A)    who does not walk(B) in step with the wicked(C)or stand in the way(D) that sinners take(E)    or sit(F) in the company of mockers,(G)2 but whose delight(H) is in the law of the Lord,(I)    and who meditates(J) on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree(K) planted by streams(L) of water,(M)    which yields its fruit(N) in seasonand whose leaf(O) does not wither—    whatever they do prospers.(P). Psalm 1:3 – you could have a life characterized by the kind of success that really matters or Psalm 1:4 – you could be inconsequential in God’s eyes by leading a godless rebellious life. It comforts him when life is difficult. Are those rewards the natural product of keeping God’s laws, or does God confer a blessing on those who keep his laws. We’re now the outcasts. 2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word,    you chew on Scripture day and night.You’re a tree replanted in Eden,    bearing fresh fruit every month,Never dropping a leaf,    always in blossom. In contrast – Psalm 1:6 – God is personally acquainted and familiar with the way of the righteous. All of us must rub elbows at some point with people who live wanton lives. OUTLINE I. And what is that true state? While the Quakers might not have had the accumulation of wealth as their goal, many did become quite wealthy as a direct result of their Godly lives. The way of the righteous is known (blessed, providentially cared for) by the Lord. In neither of those examples does Jesus limit condemnation to gross sinners, such as Hitler or Stalin or the Mafia. 6 For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous,    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V). Other scriptures (Matthew 3:7-10; John 3:16-17, 36; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15) state additional criteria, but none offer hope for those who are merely good citizens. That’s true of sports fans, woodworkers, golfers, hunters, and devotees of classic cars. God has structured things so that virtue produces its own rewards. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. We need to allow the Scripture to renew our mind about the true state of the righteous and the wicked. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. The psalm forms an appropriate introduction to the Psalter since it sets before the readers the three characters who will figure mostly in the psalms: the righteous, the ungodly and God. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Ps 52:8; 92:12; 128:3; Jer 11:16; Zec 4:3, Ps 26:12; 35:18; 82:1; 89:5; 107:32; 111:1; 149:1. “Therefore the wicked shall not stand (Hebrew: qum) in the judgment” (v. 5a). Do you get apples from chaff? 2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on … thanks for posting. Scripture: Psalm 1. Scripture: Psalm 1. The first is walk, which seems somewhat casual or relaxed. Does chaff bear any fruit? Succeeding! The first two verses serve as a contrast. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 1-41, Vol. My fantasy is that, in heaven, God will reveal to us the fruits of our labors in his behalf. In like manner, its “leaf also does not wither.” Life is easy for trees that have a dependable water supply. In the Lazarus story, he portrays the condemnation of a rich man who ignored the desperate need of a beggar (Lazarus) at his doorstep. “but the way of the wicked shall perish” (v. 6b). Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. Blessedness is a gift of God. Don't have an account? Both are true. HIS CHARACTER (1-2) 1. (2) Straw, a useful byproduct that can be used as animal feed or bedding. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. Blessing? He also loved working on his 1957 Chevy. (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments”, All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Would you consider the alternative? No, chaff is just the stuff on the outside of the kernel of wheat, right? These things are all temporary. It is also true that a Godly person who tries to live according to God’s will can expect to avoid many common pitfalls that ruin other people. But some look for it in all the wrong places and in all the wrong things. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG), The Message Bible, Compact Soft leather-look, tan, The Message Compact Bible, Teal and Brown Python, The Message, Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language. May God of all creation bless you! Would you ponder the blessings that God gives to those who are righteous by his grace? I trust we can give to God a portion of the praise that’s due him as we’ve reflected on the Blessing of the Righteous. I prefer to regard this sort of statement as hyperbole––exaggerated language to make a point. nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. Your email address will not be published. nor sit in the seat of scoffers; Whatever he does shall prosper. • In keeping God’s laws, the faithful obtain great rewards. ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. That is no longer the case. He said, “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40). What are the benefits of creating an account? Psalm 1:2 – in contrast to those who would participate in those evil things – this man’s delight is somewhere else.