Sunday, May 17, 2020

Psalm 1 (Summer Playlist Series)

My pastor is taking us through a summer playlist series.  Today, his message is on Psalm 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!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish. - Psalm 1
The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.

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Psalm 1 is called the "Wisdom Psalm."  There are no commands in Psalm 1 but it mentions two paths:  the blessed path in verse 1 and the perish path in verse 6.

When it comes to our faith, we cannot compromise.  Compromise is sneaky.  It often happens so slowly over time that we don't even realize we are compromising.

At this point in my pastor's sermon, a song comes to mind, Slow Fade by Casting Crowns.  This song accurately shows how we can slowly compromise over time until we have lost our way completely.

Psalm 1 is about keeping a God-focus.  Verses 1-3 describe the Godly.  Verses 4-6 describe the ungodly.

The Godly life in verses 1-3 is not referring to a live without struggles but rather someone who desires to live in the will of God.

The ungodly is someone who pushes God out of his or her life.  This is not necessarily referring to a bad person, but someone who pushes away from God.

Sin starts small and then grows.  Refer back to the slow fade of compromise above.

We all sin, but the Godly will not stand or sit there in sin for long.  Once a person sits in sin, he or she might become too comfortable there.  Then, sin becomes a lifestyle.

Compromise begins small but then grows into a sinful beast.

Look at Psalm 1:2.  What are you delighting in?  Are you delighting in God's Word?  God's Word provides absolutes in a world where there are none.  Psalm 119 tells us that God's Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
They word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. - Psalm 119:105

The Bible shows us a meaningful view of life in a world lacking meaning.

The Bible tells us the truth in a world built on lies.

Are you building our life and faith on a foundation of rock or on a foundation of sand.

Do you delight in God's Word?

Meditate on God's Word so that it stays with you.  It's there in your mind when you need it.

Psalm 1:4 compares the ungodly life to chaff.  Chaff is the wasted part of grain.  The ungodly lack confidence.  Wickedness will have no confidence before God.  The ungodly path leads to death.

Stay on the path that leads to life, eternal life.  Learn more about how you can have eternal life here.

Read all posts in this series here.


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