A Christian Perspective on Psalm 1

The first 41 Psalms are categorized as Part One of the entire collection of Psalms by most orthodox Jews. They usually section them into 5 Parts corresponding to the 5 books of the Torah (Law) 

  • 1-41, Man, God, & The Natural World.
  • 42-72, The Royal House of Israel i.e., Spiritual Israel.
  • 73-89, God’s Protection & Presence.
  • 90-106, Our Lowliness & God’s Loftiness.
  • 107-150, God’s Presence In Distress or Destruction

v1, Whether we are walking, standing or sitting, we need to be avoiding the wickedness, sinfulness or scoffing of worldly people Jesus loves. Jesus was well known to mingle and eat with sinners, but he showed the perfect way to avoid the sin!

“Blessed” in Greek from the O.T. Septuagint is μακάριος that is makarios, pronounced mak-ar’-ee-os. It is used in the beatitudes in Matthew 5 and Luke 6. It is said of God twice, 1 Timothy 1:11; 6:15. In the beatitudes the Lord indicates not only the people that are “blessed,” but the nature of that which is our highest good.

v2, When we have the privilege of actually doing what we have mediated on, it potentially brings a sense of fulfilment. How do you meditate on “commands”? John says “this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments do not weigh us down” 1Jn. 5:3.

v3, This verse describes fruit bearing trees that are evergreen, a lot of fruit trees here in N. America are deciduous. But in many parts of the world they actually aren’t as rare as we might think, avocados, loquats, most citrus trees, tropical guava, papaya and lychee are seasonal in their fruit bearing, but continually in leaf. The Tree of Life in Rev. 22:2, shows continual fruit bearing, reflecting the powerful ability God gives Christians to bear fruit regardless of whatever is against us in this world, Galatians 5:23 & Matthew 19:26.

v4-5,  The lack of stability and strength in morals and virtues of Christ are the very reason they are never allowed to join the assembly of the godly even if they wanted to. Where do Christians get strength & stability morally? 

v6, Godly people need protection, because we live in a world that is wicked and without God’s protecting us spiritually, we are bound for the same degenerate destruction they are heading towards. Peter says they are “like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, they don’t understand whom they are insulting and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed” 2Pt. 2:12

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