Main point summary
The one who delights in the law of YAHWEH is a blessed man and will not perish, but the wicked will.
Blessed is the man 1
who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in c the way of sinners,
nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers;
but his g delight is in the law 1 of the Lord ,
and on his h law he meditates day and night.
He is like i a tree
planted by j streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its k leaf does not wither.
l In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like m chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked n will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in o the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord p knows q the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1 - Notes
The one who delights in the law of YAHWEH is a blessed man and will not perish, but the wicked will. The positive in Psalm 1:1-3 shows the blessed man, Psalm 1:4-6 shows the negative, the opposite of the blessed. The LORD considers those men the wicked. Prospers - succeeds Blessed - To enjoy God's favor and grace. Strophe 1 - Who is the blessed man (Psalm 1:1-2) This strophe of Psalm 1 defines the blessed man. The psalmist shows the characteristics of a blessed man by telling us what he is not, then showing us the positive of where his delight is placed. Main point: A blessed man is found when he delights in the law of LORD instead of the ways of the world. Walk, stand, sit (1:1) walks not in the counsel (wisdom) of the wicked nor stands in the way (wisdom) of sinners nor sits in the seat (wisdom) of scoffers This is a downward progression of wisdom when one looks for wisdom among the world Psalm 1:1 explains the blessed man by showing what he is not like. How do I become a blessed man? (1:2) My wisdom comes from the law of the LORD. I have love for the law of YAHWEH. Law meaning instruction in this Psalm. Which refers to the first five books of the O.T. The explanation of the blessed man starts off with a negative explanation, what he is not, then gives us a positive explanation, what he is. points all around the blessed man, making sure we know what the outline or silhouette of the blessed man will look like, verse 2 then fills in the silhouette of what the blessed man is. Strophe 2 - The blessed man vs. the wicked (Psalm 1:3-4) Strophe 2 is relating the blessed man to a tree that always has enough to drink even when every other bush is withering. There is always a stream of water to strengthen and provide nourishment for the blessed man. Just as the tree produces its fruit when it is time, so is the fruit of the blessed man. It may not be instant, but he knows that with patience the fruit will come. No matter where God has but this blessed man, he will be successful, not for his glory, but for Gods glory, because his delight is in the Law of the LORD. This is compared with and assuring that the wicked are not like the blessed man, they have nothing to keep them from being destroyed, they are easily blown away like chaff. Main point: The wicked are not like the blessed man, that is nourished by true nourishment. What is Godly wisdom like? (1:3) Godly wisdom is like streams of water and when one finds its source of wisdom within Scripture, he will not die, but will be prosperous in what God put him on earth to do. Realize that we are not talking about finances like we would think today, but we prosper in all that we do, for example work and family, because our delight is in YAHWEH and not because we desire our own glory. Examples of Prospering in all that I do: Work in general The worry my boss has about asking me to do something that would compromise my morals, which are based upon the pursuit of holiness found in Scripture. What is the way of wicked like? (1:4) The wisdom of the wicked may seem like something great, but when compared to the wisdom of YAHWEH they are nothing, they can be compared to how easily the wind blows chaff (a dead rootless plant) away with seemingly little effort. The wisdom of the wicked is not true wisdom and can not stand. Connection between Strophe 1 and 2 The connection between strophe 1 and 2 is that strophe 1 is telling us what the blessed man and wicked are like by comparing the blessed man to a tree planted by streams of water and the wicked to chaff. Strophe 3 - Promises for the blessed man and the wicked (Psalm 1:5-6) Since the wicked are not like the blessed, they have no place with the righteous and judgement will overtake them. We can be sure that justice will be brought to the wicked because the LORD knows the way of the righteous and promises us that the wicked will perish Main point: The wicked have no place with the righteous and judgement will overtake them. The promise to the wicked (1:5) If we begin to push back with unbelief and say that the wicked do in fact prosper on this earth, we should look more closely at what what God has promised the ones who delight themselves in the way of YAHWEH. The promise and answer to the argument is that; " the wicked will not stand in that judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;" Now we must give ourselves to trust in what God has promised us in this psalm. The grounds of trust (1:6) The ground that we can trust YAHWEH when it comes to dealing with the wicked is because He knows the way of the righteous. If YAHWEH knows the way of the righteous, since righteousness is defined by who YAHWEH is, then He knows what is unrighteous as well. The way or life of the wicked will be brought to nothing. He is the only one who is worthy to declare and make that type of judgement. Connection between Strophe 2 and 3 Strophe 3 gives us the reason to which we know that it is the blessed man who will succeed and the wicked will not be able to stand. Christ in Psalm 1 However, there is a dilemma. None of us are righteous, not a one of us delight ourselves in YAHWEH and meditate on His law day and night. That must mean none of us will be able to stand in the judgement or the congregation of the righteous. What good does this psalm bring us then? This psalm points us to the coming Christ. He is the fulfillment of the psalm. How do we see this Psalm in light of The Lord Christ Jesus? He is the fulfillment of the blessed man and he, while here on earth, did not seem to prosper in all he did if we look at his life through a worldly lens. However, he did prosper in what he came to do, which was to atone for the sins of the elect. He is the propitiation that we needed to bring peace between God and man. This psalm rings true about the blessed man who prospers on all that he does when his delight is on the law of YAHWEH.