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Study Notes for Psalm Chapter One
V-1 Blessed This particular word blessed is always used of people and never used of God. This term used to describe a person or nation who enjoys a relationship with God. In the classical Greek it means fully satisfied because of the indwelling of Christ, not because of favorable circumstances.
God told Paul--”My grace is sufficient for you.” II Corinthians 12:9.
Verse one talks about 3 groups of people, 3 types of decisions, and 3 positions.
3 Types of people:
Ungodly: bad person, wicked, in the wrong. This word indicates people who are enemies of God and His people. they are evil and do NOT learn righteousness. Instead they pursue their wicked ways among the righteous. Numbers 16:26 Proverbs 4:14-16, Proverbs 1:10-19
Sinners: Is a criminal. This noun describes those, who by their actions, are under the wrath and judgment of God and will face ultimate destruction. The influence of these people are to be avoided. They do not necessarily fight against God and His people, in fact, many will say they believe in God and/or just don’t want anything to do with Him. They won’t follow Him Genesis 13:13 Psalms 104:35 Isaiah 1:28
Scornful: to make mouths at. These are people who cause a great deal of pain to others. The word means to mock, to deride. Deride means to laugh at with contempt, to laugh at with scorn. Scorn means to disgrace, to make an object of insult, to mock, to make sport of someone. The scorner is an abomination to people. Proverbs 24:9 An abomination is anything(one) that is offensive--something disgusting. These people make themselves to be an idol.
Both Job and the Psalmist, David, express pain by these people. Job 16:20 and Psalm 119:51. The WILL reap what they have sown Proverbs 3:34
3 types of decisions (I call it this for a lack of a better term) Either of these 3 types can be good or evil.
Counsel (of the ungodly): Suggests the idea of a plot Nehemiah 4:15 advice, purpose These people are subtle to make suggestions and to even be blatantly make statements against God and His people. The actively work to end the existence of the Jews, Christians, and even God Himself
Way (of sinners): This is a course of life, a road, or mode of actions. This refers to the pathway way of one’s life, suggesting a pattern of life. Contrast:
wicked life to the way of an obedient life
ways of darkness righteous life
criminal pleasant ways
chaotic, chaos self-controlled life
very unwise wise ways
Seat (of scorners): This They draw other in their criticism of others. They are very slick and subtle. This notion gives rise to this word is that of remaining or abiding in a given location--such as the place of judgment, scorning, mockery. Psalm 132:13-14 referring to the Lord.
3 different positions: These also can be use for good or evil
Walk (of the ungodly): This verb is a mode of action. It means to follow after like a son walk in the ways of his father. Israel and Christians are commanded to walk in the ways of the Lord and not after other gods. The ungodly works to make disciples for themselves to
is a place of judgment, a session, assembly.
work against God and His people. The government, for example, are making laws to silence Christians and the Jews.
Stand (before the sinners): This term means to be employed, submissive. to be inactive--in other words to surrender ones will to another. The Jewish Bible says “stand ON the way”. We are to avoid these evil people and must be active to guard against them. Galatians 5:19-26 Proverbs 4:14-27 Romans 1:18
Sit (with scorners): To sit down: as to judge, in ambush. This person’s position is as a judge, it indicates as one who sits with scoffers.
Verse one summary:
- Do NOT follow after a plot given by people in the wrong, who are enemies of God and His people. They are evil and do not learn righteousness. Instead they pursue their own wicked ways among the righteous to discourage them and to get them to change from following God. They also would get RID of the Jews, Christians and God Himself if they could.
- Do NOT be employed by those who choose a pathway of life of that of a criminal, who is under the wrath and judgment of God. They have chosen a course of life to not acknowledge God at all. We are to avoid them!
- Do NOT sit in judgment or in ambush with those who seek to cause pain to others by laughing at them, to disgrace them, to mock them, to insult them or to make sport of them. They are an abomination and disgusting. Proverbs 24:9
V-2 Delight to find pleasure and value in. To desire. The Jewish Bible say God’s law means God’s teachings. We are to meditate which means to ponder (think about) to murmur, to imagine. We are to not only hear God’s Word but we are to think about it and say
it out loud so we can hear ourselves speaking it. We are also to use our imagination to see His Word working in our lives.
Read the Bible, not just to read words, but for content--to hear what God has to say to you personally, as an individual, to YOU, a person He wants to communicate with. Make what apart of your being.
That is what means to meditate on His Word.
David made it his prayer: “Make me to go in the path of Your commandments; for therein do I delight.”
Psalm 119:35 “Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight.” To think about His Word so much it consume you night and day and looking forward to delving in again. It is like drinking water: The more you drink, the more you want.
Psalm 119 are divided up in sections of 8 verses each. Each starts with a Hebrew letter and in the Hebrew each verse in that section begins with that letter. All the verses contain words that refer to God’s Word, such as ‘law’, ‘statute’, ‘testimonies’, ‘precepts’, etc.
Jeremiah 4:2 Zechariah 8:7-8 John 8:31-32
John 14:6 John 14:15-21 & 26 John 16:13-16
II Timothy 2:15 Zephaniah 2:3
V-3 A tree planted by a river has roots that go down deep. Jeremiah 17:7-8. Practicality in our lives:
- spreads out her roots by the river. This qualities of this not easily moved in a storm, stability, food source, grows strong and is not week
- does not notice when it is very hot--when the ‘heat is on’ and will not be moved because she knows her God will not leave her nor forsake her-Hebrews 13:5. She knows God will meet ALL her needs Philippians 4:19. She know God will keep all His promises!
- leaf is always green--prosperous. III John 2 The Lord will lead you.
- you shall not have a lack Philippians 4:19
- Shall not be careful when there is a drought--nothing changes neither shall you cease from yielding fruit Psalms 1:3
- whatsoever you do shall prosper
- by hearing Romans 10:17. The best way to hear is to hear yourself saying it--murmur, or meditate.
- prove the Lord. Malachi 3:10-11 (6-11)
It seems, sometimes, like evil people are getting away “with it”. But they are not. Even if they go through this life with nothing bad happens to them--it will. Psalm 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.
READ ALL of Psalm 37
V-5 actually it should read “stand-up to the judgment” Judgment means to measure, to sentence.
The Jewish Bible says, “For this reason the wicked won’t stand up to the judgment nor will sinners.”
When it comes time for all of us to stand before the Lord, the wicked an sinners will be ‘blown-away’ like the chaff. They will have do defense. BUT Christians are covered by Jesus’ blood and will be able to stand because Jesus is our defense. He paid the price for our sin and we received Him only as Savior but as Lord. Our judgment has been deferred Matthew 25:21
V-6 Read: Nahum 1:7 II Timothy 2:19 Psalms 37:18