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Blessed Is the Man . . .
Psalms 1:1-6
Those who delight in the law of Yahweh will go on flourishing.
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Published April 11th, 2020
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Psalms 1 invites us to know and be confident that those who delight in the law of Yahweh will go on flourishing because God sets his eye and favor on them. The same cannot be said for the wicked!
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μακάριος ἀνήρ
Blessed is the man
ὃς οὐκ ἐπορεύθη ἐν βουλῇ ἀσεβῶν
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked
καὶ ἐν ὁδῷ ἁμαρτωλῶν οὐκ ἔστη
and stands [i.e., adopts] not in the way of sinners,
καὶ ἐπὶ καθέδραν λοιμῶν οὐκ ἐκάθισεν
and sits not on the seat of pestilent persons.
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ἀλλ’ ἢ ἐν τῷ νόμῳ κυρίου τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ
But rather his delight is in the law of the Yahweh,
καὶ ἐν τῷ νόμῳ αὐτοῦ μελετήσει ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτός
and in Yahweh's law he meditates day and night.
καὶ ἔσται ὡς τὸ ξύλον τὸ πεφυτευμένον παρὰ τὰς διεξόδους τῶν ὑδάτων
And he is like a tree planted along streams of water,
ὃ τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ δώσει ἐν καιρῷ αὐτοῦ
one which gives its fruit in its season,
καὶ τὸ φύλλον αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἀπορρυήσεται
and his leaf does not fall off,
καὶ πάντα ὅσα ἂν ποιῇ κατευοδωθήσεται
and in all he does he prospers.
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οὐχ οὕτως οἱ ἀσεβεῖς οὐχ οὕτως
The wicked are not so, not thus,
ἀλλ’ ἢ ὡς ὁ χνοῦς ὃν ἐκριπτεῖ ὁ ἄνεμος ἀπὸ προσώπου τῆς γῆς
but rather [the wicked are] like chaff which is thrown away, which the wind removes from the face of the earth.
διὰ τοῦτο οὐκ ἀναστήσονται ἀσεβεῖς ἐν κρίσει
Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
οὐδὲ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἐν βουλῇ δικαίων
nor will sinners stand in the congregation of the righteous.
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ὅτι γινώσκει κύριος ὁδὸν δικαίων
Because Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,
καὶ ὁδὸς ἀσεβῶν ἀπολεῖται
and the way of the ungodly will perish.
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1a-6a: What is the blessed life? Blessings come through by being made right with God. You can only be made right with God by placing your faith in Jesus Christ ( Ps 32 ; Eph 1:7 ; Rom 5:1 ).
1b-3d: This description is shown as a Negative-Positive because it holds the key to understanding how "blessing" is obtained.
1b-1d: I take this as Progression because I believe the psalmist is describing a downward spiral of the wicked man into deep darkness. The wicked man walks, stands/adopts and sits. He "walks in the counsel of the wicked" means that he picks up the perspective, values, and worldview of the ungodly. If he continues this long enough, "he will stand in the way of sinners." Meaning, he will adopt a sinful, habitual lifestyle. If he stays on this course long enough, he will "sit on the seat of pestilent persons." Meaning, he will be a danger to society like a pestilence and a scoffer of righteousness.
2a-2b: If you delight and admire something, you will desire it. If you desire it, you pursue it. The one who delights in God's law culminates in studying and meditating on it! This is why it's labeled as Progression. As John Piper once said in his book, The Pleasures of God , "We tend to become like what we admire and enjoy. And the stronger our admiration, the greater the influence." In other words, we become what we behold. Therefore, we must ask ourselves: What do I truly delight in? What do I behold? Where is the seat and source of my joy? Is it in God's law?
2a: Why is the law good? The Law is good because firmness is good. God cares enough to show us his ways and direct our paths. Imagine what it would be like to live in this world, have some idea that there is a God, and yet know what he desires from us. Divine statutes are a gift to us. God gives us law because he loves (John 15:11).
2a-3d: It could be Idea-Explanation . However, I chose Action-Result because I see that the action of being planted by steams of water (i.e., living waters of God's Word) will result in prospering. Another reason why I chose this logical connection because I think planting is done by God. This blessed man is being compared to a tree. Trees do not plant themselves; neither do wicked people transport themselves into God's kingdom. I based this on Matthew 15:13 .
6a-6b: God says he knows the way of the wicked and he knows their eternal destination. Therefore, be encouraged and join the way of the righteous ones! The so-called blessings of this world are short lived.
3a-4a: The righteous is tree-like. The wicked are chaff-like. The wicked is being compared to the righteous. This is why I chose Comparison .
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Introduction: In Psalm 1 , the psalmist distinguishes two "ways": "the way of the wicked" and “the way of the righteous." Psalm 1 invites us to know and be confident that those who delight in the law of Yahweh will go on flourishing because God sets his eye and favor on them. The same cannot be said for the wicked. Point 1: What is the blessed man? The psalmist explains to us what the blessed (i.e., permanently happy) life looks like. First, it gives us a negative-progressive description on what a blessed man is not like: He does not walk in the counsel of the wicked (1b). That is, he does not pick up the perspectives, values, and worldview of the ungodly. He does not stand in the way of sinners (1c). That is, if he continues to walk in the counsel of the wicked then he will adopt a habitual, sinful lifestyle. He does not sit on the seat of pestilent persons (1d). That is, if he stays on this course long enough then he will not only live an ungodly lifestyle but he will also be a danger society like a disease and be a scoffer of righteousness. Then the psalmist gives us a positive-progressive description on what he is like: His delight is in the law of Yahweh in which he meditates day and night (2a-2b). What is that like? He looks like tree that's planted in along the streams of water (3a) that gives its fruit in its season (3b) and his leaf does not fall off (3c). All that he does, he prospers (3d). Now you may wonder: Why would anyone delight in the law? Reverence may seems more appropriate, but delight? Who does that? And why? C. S. Lewis wondered the same thing. He explains: "Their delight in the Law, is a delight in having touched firmness; like the pedestrian's delight in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false short cut has long entangled him in muddy fields." So why delight in the law? Because the law is good. The law is good because it is firm. The one who delights in the law will desire it. The one who desires it will pursue it. Therefore, delighting in the law will culminate in the studying and meditation of it. When you do so, you will be like "a tree planted along streams of water." The righteous man will be like a planted tree who draws on the life giving streams of God's Word ( Ezek 47:12 ). This is a good promise. Those who delight in God's law will go on flourishing. God sets his eye and favor on them because God "knows" them ( 1:6 ). Blessed is the man who walks in the way of the righteous. Point 2: What is the wicked man? The same could not be said for the wicked! They do not delight in the law ( 1:4 ). Although there may be some prosperity for the wicked in this lifetime, God wants us to know that their prosperity is not eternal. God knows their ways and knows their eternal destination. They are not tree-like. They are chaff-like. They may be standing today ( 1:1 ). But in the day of judgement, they will not stand ( 1:5 ). Therefore, the wicked are not truly "blessed" or "happy” ( 1:1 ) because their time is short ( 1:4 ) and because they will ultimately “perish” ( 1:6 ). Point 3: What is the Christological connection? There's a problem. Scripture tells us that, "No one is righteous" ( Ps 53:2-3 ; Rom. 3:10-11 ). We are all sinners and we cannot call ourselves righteous before God. God promises good things to the righteous. But who are the "righteous" if there aren't any? Who can fulfill Psalm 1 ? Christ fulfills Psalm 1 . The man who delights in God’s law ( 1:2 ) is the new “Joshua” who succeeds in fulfilling what first Joshua was called ( Josh 1:8 ). Joshua was called "to meditate on the law day and night" and in doing so will bring the community into the promised land. The result is that he “prospers.” The only way we can rest in the promises of Psalm 1 and have the capacity to delight in this God is if we've been made right with God. When we place our faith in Christ, we are justified ( Rom 5:1 ) and we share in his blessings. Practical Application: Be encouraged. B e encouraged and join the way of the righteous ones! The so-called blessings of this world are short lived Delight and give the Word. In a world filled with mind-numbing entertainment, vague spirituality, and ungodly imaginings why not offer the world something hard, old, and firm like the law in which we stand and delight in? Divine statutes are a gift to us. God gives us law because he loves (John 15:11).
Tuezong's Commentary
1a-6a: What is the blessed life? Blessings come through by being made right with God. You can only be made right with God by placing your faith in Jesus Christ (Ps 32; Eph 1:7; Rom 5:1). 1b-3d: This description is shown as a Negative-Positive because it holds the key to understanding how "blessing" is obtained. 1b-1d: I take this as Progression because I believe the psalmist is describing a downward spiral of the wicked man into deep darkness. The wicked man walks, stands/adopts and sits. He "walks in the counsel of the wicked" means that he picks up the perspective, values, and worldview of the ungodly. If he continues this long enough, "he will stand in the way of sinners." Meaning, he will adopt a sinful, habitual lifestyle. If he stays on this course long enough, he will "sit on the seat of pestilent persons." Meaning, he will be a danger to society like a pestilence and a scoffer of righteousness. 2a-2b: If you delight and admire something, you will desire it. If you desire it, you pursue it. The one who delights in God's law culminates in studying and meditating on it! This is why it's labeled as Progression. As John Piper once said in his book, The Pleasures of God , "We tend to become like what we admire and enjoy. And the stronger our admiration, the greater the influence." In other words, we become what we behold. Therefore, we must ask ourselves: What do I truly delight in? What do I behold? Where is the seat and source of my joy? Is it in God's law? 2a: Why is the law good? The Law is good because firmness is good. God cares enough to show us his ways and direct our paths. Imagine what it would be like to live in this world, have some idea that there is a God, and yet know what he desires from us. Divine statutes are a gift to us. God gives us law because he loves (John 15:11). 2a-3d: It could be Idea-Explanation . However, I chose Action-Result because I see that the action of being planted by steams of water (i.e., living waters of God's Word) will result in prospering. Another reason why I chose this logical connection because I think planting is done by God. This blessed man is being compared to a tree. Trees do not plant themselves; neither do wicked people transport themselves into God's kingdom. I based this on Matthew 15:13. 3a-4a: The righteous is tree-like. The wicked are chaff-like. The wicked is being compared to the righteous. This is why I chose Comparison . 6a-6b: God says he knows the way of the wicked and he knows their eternal destination. Therefore, be encouraged and join the way of the righteous ones! The so-called blessings of this world are short lived.
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Hernan Wu
Love it. Looking forward to your devotion!
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