Chapter 1

PSA.1:1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
PSA.1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
PSA.1:3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
PSA.1:4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
PSA.1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
PSA.1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.


2 thoughts on “Chapter 1”

  1. Ps. 1:1 the word “blessed” is ‘esher’. It means “very happy” It’s how Jesus began His sermon on the Mount. The greek word used in His sermon means, “happy, happy, happy”.

    1. However, this Psalm should not be taken to mean our happiness is guaranteed on the basis of how we choose to define “happiness”. 2. It should not be understood to be a “sure-fire” formula for success, or “wealth and health”. It’s proverbial and shows us the wisdom in following God into “right-living”. It does not mean that everything will be “peachy king”. 3. It should not be taken to mean that as long as we don’t follow ungodly counsel, and follow God’s teachings we get what we want of that which makes us happy. Later the Psalmist makes it clear we need to “trust God”. If we follow a formula for success because there is “something in it for us” then we are have a self-centered motive and we will not be happy.

    Rather, we follow God and as a byproduct of following Him we have a new desire which compels us to take His advice, gladly, on how to walk through this life with all it’s decision and obstacles, unforseen variables and events.

    If we trust God then when things to work out the we would hope after following His wise instruction in Psalm 1 then we will find ourselves happy in the Lord still because we are trusting Him for the end result, without seeing the end result and He will honor that and in the end, at some point, we will experience those kinds of things again, But “through” the bad times in life we will still be able to experience the joy of the Lord which is the cause of true “happiness”.


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