Psalm 1

Psalm 1

and with that we are going to start in the
Book of Psalms tonight cannot wait talk about looking forward to what the Lord
has I have been really really looking forward to the Book of Psalms and the
next book after it which by the way is The Book of Proverbs one of my favorite
books in all of the Bible actually really the Psalms and the Proverbs
whenever I do pastoral counseling I always tell people that if you need
comfort and encouragement bathe yourself in the Psalms if you need wisdom and
direction spend time in the Proverbs and if you’re anything like me and I know
that you are I need both all the time which is why Psalms and Proverbs is a
devotional favorite of many a believer so the Book of Psalms to me personally
has oh how do I say this without sounding too much like it’s hyperbole but it’s
actually throughout my life sort of saved my life if I can say it that way
in the sense that there have been times in my life where I was just at the end
of myself broken beyond broken and it was the Psalms that the Lord really
ministered to me from and I think the reason one of the reasons is is that the
Book of Psalms speaks to and deals with every aspect of our lives every arena of
our lives emotionally spiritually psychologically even physically and
especially I’ll add experientially it’s one of those books that you sort of get
the sense that you’re standing in this long line
of saints who over the ages have gone to this book this book of Psalms to be
ministered to and blessed by so why don’t we pray and we’ll ask God to bless
our time together as we commence with a study of this amazing book Father in
Heaven thank You so much for Your word and for
this book that we have before us tonight thank You for inspiring the writers to
pen these powerful and even profound and poignant words by Your spirit Lord thank
You for what is contained within 150 of these psalms Lord as we now begin a study
of this book would You begin to do that work in us in and through that which is
before us Lord it’s with an anticipation and even an expectation
that You’re going to do grand and glorious things in our study through this Book of
Psalms so Lord bless our time together tonight we pray in Jesus’ name Amen so for those of you that know about this
book and have been blessed by this book you know what’s in store for us as we go
through this chapter by chapter and verse by verse I’ll do my best to teach
this book in a way that this book deserves to be taught I don’t want to
rush through it but at the same time I want to get muddied in it I think that
this book has to be approached in a certain way because unique to the Book
of Psalms it’s a poetic book we’re in the poetic books this book along with
Proverbs and then Song of Solomon Ecclesiastes these are all part of the
poetic books we left the historic books and then after these the poetic books
we’re going to get into the prophets the major prophets and then of course the
minor prophets in our trek through the Old Testament I think it would be a
gross understatement to say that this book is going to powerfully minister to
us and so much so that it really does have the propensity to be life-changing
and by life-changing I mean this can really be a place in God’s Word where it
can affect and impact our lives in such a profound way before we jump in I want
to start with an appetizer of sorts before we get the main course
I think it’ll better prepare us for that which is before us first though some
fast facts about the Book of Psalms now there are a hundred and fifty Psalms
which means that it’s going to take us about 10 years to get through all of
them especially at this rate cause we’re only going to take one Psalm tonight I
actually and God knows I tried I was going to try to do the first two Psalms but
man as I started getting into this first Psalm I just thought man I don’t want to
again rush through it and miss what God has for us in it so you have a 150
Psalms we know that no less than 73 of the hundred and fifty Psalms were
written by David also known as the sweet psalmist of
Israel some believe he actually wrote more than the 73 Psalms that are
attributed to him there’s another 11 or 12 Psalms that are written by Asaph and
then 12 were written by the sons of Korah for those of you who are with us
in the study through the Book of Numbers you know who Korah was this was Moses’
cousin not our friend and certainly not Moses’ friend he actually led a coup
against Moses and basically wanted to take Moses’ job to which Moses was more
than willing to give it to him and in so doing said okay why don’t we all meet
here tomorrow morning first thing before the tent of meeting the tabernacle at
the time and we’ll let God decide the matter because apparently you think I
take on too much for myself and I’m this self-promoting power-hungry guy by the
way the meekest man who ever walked on the face of the earth when God called
him what was his response here am I send me O Lord
no his response was n n n no and he actually argued with God quite extensively before
he finally realized that God was calling him and all of the excuses he came up
with God had an answer for the last one being that he after spending 40 years in
the backside of the desert had you know some believe developed a speech
impediment which you might understand because he was disenfranchised from any
other human being while there in the desert and the only thing he was talking
to were sheep so his you know ability to speak
was so you know had deteriorated from the first 40 years of his life where he
was in Egypt and so he just you know said God I I can’t speak and so God had
an answer for that and said that’s fine your older brother Aaron interesting who
also with his sister Miriam also led a rebellion against their own brother
Moses Moses went through quite a bit not to mention the fact that you know he had
to deal with the children of Israel who were I don’t want to go back into Exodus
but maybe I do it was such a fascinating study through Exodus and Leviticus and
The Book of Numbers but anyway actually I was going somewhere with this so you
got 12 of the Psalms written by the sons of Korah one by Hezekiah and actually
one of the Psalms written by Moses himself out of the hundred and fifty
there’s another song written by Heman and the rest of them are unknown there’s
no as the one we’re going to see tonight in Psalm one so in a sense I guess you
could say that they are anonymous and for good reason now that’s who
it’s believed wrote the Psalms but perhaps more importantly is what’s
written in the Psalms and this is what to me makes this book so amazing and
even life-changing The Book of Psalms is actually a songbook that’s what the word
psalm actually means it’s a it’s a song it’s a praise hymnal if you will and
it’s a book of praises in song poetically that are written to God and
each of these psalms slash songs are for every and any situation that we
experience in life I spent some time kind of going through
some of the commentaries on the Book of Psalms and I happened upon some very
interesting comments about this book and the nature of this book and I just want
to share with you a few I think you’ll be blessed by them let’s start with
Matthew Henry this is what he said about Psalms he says we have now before us one
of the choicest parts of the Old Testament wherein there is so much of
Christ and His gospel as well as of God and His law that has been called the
summary of both Testaments one of the things that’s going to become abundantly
clear in our study through the Book of Psalms is that Jesus is in it and all
through it and it’s all about Jesus many of the prophecies about the coming of
Jesus Christ are in the Book of Psalms I like how one commentator said it he said
of the 219 Old Testament quotations in the New Testament 116 of them are from
the Book of Psalms many of which prophesy about Jesus’s first and second
coming listen to this the Gospels tell us Jesus went to the mountain to pray
but the Psalms tell us what He prayed the Gospels tell us Jesus was crucified
the Psalms tell us what Jesus was thinking while He was on the cross the
Gospels tell us He went back into heaven but the Psalms tell us what He’s doing
in heaven wow you might say that this book is going to fill in a lot of blanks
that are there and connect a lot of dots as well Charles Spurgeon said this delight and
I like this word delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me
boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure common gratitude constrains me to
communicate to others a portion of the benefit with the prayer that it may
induce them to search further for themselves you know one of the reasons
why I wanted to share this quote from Spurgeon concerning the Psalms is that
this is also my prayer for us that this would create within us this desire to
satiate this thirst as it were to search even further in this magnificent book
The Book of Psalms Martin Luther said this the Psalms are a little Bible
wherein everything contained in the entire Bible is beautifully and briefly
comprehended to me that’s well said and that’s true
what the Psalms are about C. S. Lewis the most valuable thing the Psalms do for me
notice the personal expression of how much the Book of Psalms meant to these
men these Saints of old he says the most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is
to express the same delight there’s that word again in God and I love this which
made David dance that’s okay by the way get a little bit pentecostal and move
a little bit I hope this book moves you this book is a moving book a moving book
Ray Stedman this I’ll end with this one not the Bible study not just this
portion of the introduction this is just the introduction so listen to what Ray
Stedman said the Psalms are much more than poetry many of them bear the title
Maskil or teaching song they are thus intended
to instruct the mind as well as to encourage the heart they are designed
not only to reflect the mood but to show us also how to handle that mood how to
escape from depression or how to balance exaltation with wisdom one of the things
again that’s going to become abundantly clear as we get into the Psalms of David
which I think about Psalm 3 we start the first Psalm of David of Psalm 1 and 2
the author is unknown but when we start getting into the Psalms of David oh my
goodness they start off and you know that David is in despair and he’s
discouraged and even depressed as he starts off the psalm and by the time he
gets to the end of the psalm he has completely changed
none of his circumstances have changed but in his expression in that mood in
that depression there’s this escape as Stedman says from that depression vis a
vis the psalm well let’s jump in and I want to read this Psalm it’s only six
verses in length so hang in there with me and then I want to sort of take out
that which is embedded in this magnificent first Psalm verse 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 but verse two his delight I love
that word did I tell you I love that word delight okay but his delight is in
the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates
day and night 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 the ungodly are not so but are like the
chaff which the wind drives away therefore the ungodly shall not stand in
the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous for the
Lord verse 6 knows the way of the righteous but the way of the ungodly
shall perish okay if you were to put a title or a caption on Psalm 1 it would
probably have to be along the lines of something like living a blessed life or
this is what a blessed life looks like and the reason is is because this Psalm
details the characteristics of a blessed life and it does so by contrasting the
ungodly with the Godly the way of the ungodly as opposed to the way of the
Godly now the brilliance of contrasting is such that the darker the dark the
brighter the bright and the whiter the white by way of that contrast and that’s
what the psalmist is doing here now it’s important to note that this word blessed
carries with it the idea of oh how happy oh how blessed oh how happy oh how
content as one commentator suggests so when you read it in the context of verse
one it’s oh how happy is the one and it’s interesting because it’s a
negative oh how happy oh how content is the one
who does not sit or stand or walk in the way of the sinner the unrighteous the
ungodly in other words this is the blessed man who does not do this and I
kind of can sort of maybe jam your gears a little bit because you would think
that it would be more on the lines of the positive not on the negative you
know what’s interesting to me about this Psalm certainly how the psalm starts out
is that it’s not really and think about this it’s not really teaching us how to
be happy okay instead it’s a psalm about how to avoid things not to do so that
you’re not unhappy in other words God wants us to be blessed and as such God
has already blessed us everything that God has for us the blessing on us is
already there for us and what the psalmist is saying here is that we have
the potential to diminish or lose the blessing of God by virtue of things that
we do or more importantly don’t do namely sitting in the seat of scorners
walking in the way of sinners and the ungodly counsel being unduly influenced
by the ungodly those things erode the blessing that God desires for
us and indeed has already given to us maybe a better way to say it is Psalm 1
is about how to avoid stripping the blessing of God that brings the
happiness in the first place would you agree with this God wants us
as His people to be blessed right I mean think about it from an earthly
perspective as an earthly parent do you not hurt when your children are hurting
I’ve heard it said this way that a parent is only as happy as their saddest
child think about that a parent is only as happy as their saddest child man when
your when your child is unhappy and hurting you’re unhappy and you’re
hurting too so how much more for God and us as His
people His children He wants us to be blessed He longs for us to be a blessed
people and He’ll stop at nothing and do everything to keep us on the way of the
righteous and avoid the way of the unrighteous one of the things about this
psalm that I really love is that it paints with magnificent colors again
this stark contrast and the psalmist goes back and forth between this is what
the Godly are like and their life is blessed and this is what it looks like
in that contrast this is what it’s not so with the ungodly they’re like
a tree planted and the ungodly are like the chaff wow what a contrast
we’re going to talk about that more in a moment (popping sound) yes Lord speak Your servant is
listening I alway get a little bit notice in verse 1 that the blessed life
will be one characterised by and here’s the negative not walking in the way of
the counsel of the ungodly in other words if my life is to be a blessed and
happy life I won’t to allow myself to be influenced by the ungodliness and the
things of this world that’s the thing I’m going to avoid if I want to avoid
losing the happiness and the blessing of God on my life it’s interesting that and
I don’t know if you notice this or not but it goes from walking in the counsel of the
ungodly to standing in the path of sinners to sitting in the seat of the
scornful now why is that interesting because is that not how it starts in our
walk with the Lord we’re walking and then all of a sudden there’s this undue
influence ungodly influence and then the next thing you know instead of walking
we’re standing and then the standing can lead to ultimately now
we’re sitting we start by walking in the counsel of the ungodly and then next
thing you know we’re standing in the path of sinners that’s a little bit
more permanent but not as permanent as sitting you’re sitting right you’re
sitting because you plan on spending some time sitting here tonight like an
hour and a half actually is what it ends up being right bless your hearts
you have treasures in heaven good thing we have comfortable seats and I praise
the Lord for those comfortable seats so but that’s not only how it starts that’s
how it always ends and here’s the thing when you’re sitting ultimately which is
how this ends up it’s a good indication that you plan on staying and you plan on
staying because now you find yourself being comfortable in that environment
that you’re sitting in see if you were uncomfortable in that environment you
would not be sitting there you may not even be standing there you would just
keep all walking right but now you’re you’re sitting you’re lingering
you’re becoming more comfortable sitting there I think about Peter
right before he denied the Lord three times as the Lord said he would where do
we find him very interesting detail that we’re told he’s sitting comfortably
warming himself by the enemies fire he put himself and found himself
comfortable in that situation and that’s what the psalmist is warning against you
want your life to be blessed can I say it this way keep on walking keep on
walking don’t stand and certainly don’t sit
because here’s the thing sin is progressive sin is progressive this is
what Adam Clarke says he says the great lesson to be learned from the whole is
sin is progressive one evil propensity or act leads to another in other words
the walking leads to standing leads to sitting
and then he says this he who acts by bad council may soon do evil deeds and he
who abandons himself to evil doings may end his life in total apostasy from God
it doesn’t take much it doesn’t take much and it’s very subtle to drift
away to linger on if you will and that’s what the psalmist is warning about I’ve
heard it said that if someone tells you who your friends are today you can tell
them what their life will be like in five years when we find ourselves
comfortable in the counsel of sitting with the scorner the sinner the ungodly
then we become like them the truth of the matter is we’re known by the company
we keep and if we’re comfortable with Godly
people then we’ll be known as Godly people ourselves
conversely if we’re walking with then standing in the path of the ungodly the
sinner and ultimately sitting in the seat of the scornful we will become
ungodly quick a word on this word scornful you know what that implies
these are mockers these are people that mock God
these are people that ridicule our faith and our God and our Lord and you’re
around that and that has influence on you and here’s the the dynamic for
lack of a better word you’re in that kind of environment
and here and we’re by the way we’re going to be talking about that on Sunday
Lord willing as well all of a sudden the the jokes start and you’re the only one
sitting in that seat with those scorners with those mockers those ungodly vile
comments some of which are blasphemous how hard is it for you to be the
influencer instead of the influenced that has a powerful impact and again
this is what the psalmist is warning about when it comes to what a blessed
life looks like the Apostle Paul when he was writing to the Corinthians in his first
epistle chapter 15 verse 33 said this and it’s interesting because he says do
not be misled don’t be deceived which implies that there is this possibility
that we can be self deceived but what are we not to be misled about or
deceived about this bad company corrupts good character bad company corrupts good
character I heard one say one time if you lie down with dogs you come up with
fleas nothing against dogs just the fleas right you lie down with dogs you
come up with fleas in his second epistle 2nd Corinthians chapter 6 verses 14 and
15 he sort of expounds on this and he says
do not be yoked together with unbelievers
a yoke you have to understand in that agricultural society was you had two animals two ox
that were both yoked together with the same you know thing next to each other
to pull the cargo ah for like a better word and if you had an unequal yoke the
the bigger ox would virtually kill the the smaller ox because it would the way
that the yoke and that’s what Paul is saying here you
cannot be yoked together with an unbeliever and then he says this for
what do righteousness and wickedness have in common or what fellowship can
light have with darkness what harmony is there between Christ and Belial or what
does a believer have in common with an unbeliever what are you
wanting to accomplish by associating yourself with the ungodly and the
unrighteous now let me hasten to say what this does not mean this in no way
means that we don’t associate with non-believers oh my goodness how are we
going to be salt and light how are we going to reach the lost how are we going to win the
world for Christ it’s not that we don’t associate with them it’s that the
non-believer does not have undue influence in our lives
the psalmist continues in describing this blessed life as one who does not do
these three things the walking the standing the sitting and that’s in verse
1 but he instead says the blessed life does what’s written in verse 2 well
what’s written in verse 2 oh those who have a blessed life will delight in the
Word of God the whole counsel of God again notice the contrast the ungodly
counsel versus the whole counsel of God in other words what is the dominant
influence in yours and my life is it the company I keep the associations I have
the friendships that I have or is the dominant influence in my life the Word
of God does the Word of God and the God of the Word have the final
say on every matter in my life that’s the dominant influence in my life if it
is then I will be and have a blessed life if it’s not I will not be blessed I
mean it’s pretty simple so those who have a blessed life will delight in the
Word of God in other words they would rather and I’m going to this is going to get a
little uncomfortable but oh well they would rather get in the word than watch
TV how are we doing here right so you’re looking over here at the end table and
there’s your Bible got a little bit dust on it and right next to it’s the remote
oh my goodness that spiritual warfare you got you know the the I wish that the
devil was not made out to look like this cartoon character with a pitchfork and
red tights but here’s the enemy oh I wonder what’s on TV you’re tired
you know just you know and you can almost feel the gravitational pull on
your hand toward you reach for the Bible but it’s like something pushes your
hand towards the remote and here’s the Holy Spirit saying you know you need the
Word because what you’re going to watch on TV is not going to bless you you’re going to
come to the end of whatever it is even if it’s a you know documentary or a you
know God forbid a sitcom I was thinking the other day about the last time I
actually watched a sitcom and I’m not trying to sound hyper spiritual here but
I can tell you and I can stand before you in total victory and say to you that
I have not watched a sitcom in I don’t know how many years I don’t even
remember the last time I actually watched a sitcom and you come to the end of a
thirty minutes sit com by way of example and how do you feel
after that versus 30 minutes 30 minutes my goodness 30 minutes in the Word of
God in the Book of Psalms no less how are you going to feel after that see the
blessed life is the life that delights in the Word of God it’s a get to
not a got to as it were where not only do you get into the Word
but the Word gets into you that’s another thing we’re going to talk about on
on Sunday morning I’m kind of preaching Sunday morning’s sermon tonight but so
what is delighting in the Word of God look like well we have some interesting
imagery here the one who delights in the Word of God will meditate on it day and
night that’s kind of a saying you know day and night doesn’t mean you’re you
know you’ve got to work you’ve got to sleep you’ve got to eat right you know you’ve got
responsibilities you can’t certainly be reading God’s Word and delighting in
God’s Word and meditating on God’s Word all day and all night
no it just becomes a daily thing it’s that daily bread if you please it’s
the bread of life man shall not live on bread alone but by
every word word that comes out of the mouth of God it’s a spiritual food it’s
spiritual food you know I delight I love food can I just I’m just
saying I love and by the way there’s going to be food in heaven
my daughter was asking me about this the other day she said Baba is there going to be
food in heaven I said in the name of Jesus I tell you verily verily I say
unto you there will be food in heaven and good food fat-free
cholesterol-free calorie-free tasteful so I delight in eating maybe
there’s a there’s a neurological you know chemical it’s the dopamine that’s
released I think there’s probably some serotonin that’s released and all these
other God-given chemicals that make you feel good that’s why they call it
comfort food right so food we delight to eat physical food and this kind of
has the same idea in delighting to eat from the Word of God and here’s a thing
with meditating that this word meditate interesting word here’s what
it means I’ll try not to be too graphic here because it is a little bit graphic
but it it carries with it the idea of a cow chewing its cud now you have to
understand something about cows I think they have like 5 stomachs imagine that I
haven’t I struggle with one stomach a cow has five of these things and this is
again I’ll try not to be too graphic but here’s what the cow does the cow eats
chews swallows and regurgitates and brings it back up and chews it again and
swallows it again and gets everything possible out of that which it is chewing
and eating and as such digesting that’s what the word means you’re not just
eating the Word of God you not just reading the Word of God
you’re digesting it you’re meditating on you’re regurgitating it and you’re
assimilating it and you’re getting everything you possibly can out of it
I love what Charles Spurgeon said he says it is not only reading that does us good
but the soul inwardly feeding on it and digesting it in Joshua chapter 1 verse 8
it says this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall
meditate in it day and night there it is again
that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it for then you
will make your way prosperous blessed and then you will have good success you
want to bless life this is how you have a blessed life you delight in and digest
the Word of God well this brings us to verse 3 how’re we doing we’re doing okay
there’s only six verses so relax we’re getting there so verse 3 we have this
description of what a blessed life is like when not if when we delight in and
digest the Word of God day and night look at this picture I have a picture in
my office at my house with Psalm 1 this this verse it on it and it’s a picture
of this beautiful tree in this arid place and the reason it’s beautiful is
because there’s water without which it would not survive let alone thrive and
in Israel this has better understanding better application because a tree has to
be planted by rivers of water or it will wither and that’s what the psalmist is
saying and that’s the picture that’s being painted so what the psalmist is
saying is if we delight in the Word of God and meditate on it
digest it day and night then this is what our life is going to be like it’s
going to be like this tree that’s planted though its arid but it’s by rivers of
water that are constantly supplying it with everything it needs to be fruitful
and prosper and not wither like the tree that is not planted by the rivers of
water clearly this has application and is an apt description to the fruit of
the Holy Spirit that’s manifested in our lives we were just there in Galatians
but if you don’t mind I just want to read verses 23 and 24 of Galatians
chapter 5 famous verse about the fruit of the Holy Spirit it’s love gentleness
oh wow I messed up it’s actually verse 22 well I know the verse so bear with me
the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace gentleness goodness how am i doing
somebody checking me don’t take my word for it I’ll skip one you know which one
I’ll skip self-control I hate that one no it’s patience I hate patience
that’s the other one I really hate the patience one
I don’t like patience and neither did you so don’t look at me all spiritual
like you do you’re impatient with me right now yeah as I’m trying to get this
right the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace gentleness goodness kindness
meekness patience and self-control did I miss any did I add one what did I miss somebody’s checking me just want to
that’s okay I can receive correction I’m teachable is that one no it’s not one
what’s one longsuffering okay I’m so sorry
longsuffering wait that’s patience that’s why I missed it
okay like I said but is this not the fruit of the Holy Spirit that comes from
a holy life a blessed life and you shall know them by their fruit you know here’s the thing I was listening to a
teaching this a couple of days ago excellent teaching and it was basically
here’s the gist of it you know you have some Christians to say well I’m a
Christian and they’re kind of like a tree that says well I’m an apple tree
and you’re looking on the branches going where are the apples you say you’re an apple
tree I don’t see any apples well how about this one
you know I’m an apple tree and but those aren’t apples on that
tree that’s a different fruit you shall a good tree bears good fruit Jesus
said a bad tree bears bad fruit so you know by their fruit I like how one said
it we’re not judges we’re not wearing the judges robe we’re wearing the fruit
inspectors badge so I’m not going to judge another man serving I’m not going to judge
the motives of your heart you know God knows your heart I only see the outward
appearance I’m looking at the outward tree of your life and listen there’s it
doesn’t take an expert to determine a healthy tree that’s planted near rivers
of living water because it is bearing fruit
the leaves are not withered and dry and brown and
falling off they’re green and lush why because of the water there’s something
else here I want to mention and it’s concerning the tree of our lives being
planted by the water of God’s Word so to speak so and this is one of the things when
we first moved here fourteen years ago now from the mainland and the Pacific
Northwest actually Spokane Washington to be exact and we don’t have palm trees
there we have pine trees and when I first got and by the way seeing
flowers on a tree naw it ain’t going to happen so we come and we rent the house that we
are in now that we eventually purchased but we have this plumeria tree and so
you know my wife who was born and raised here she had to kind of educate me on
the you know plumeria trees this is a beautiful tree so in December ah
November December and certainly by January all of the leaves are gone from
this beautiful and the flowers are gone from this big majestic plumeria tree
that we have and so I remember commenting to my wife and I said
to her I said honey I think that plumeria tree is dead I mean look at the thing
right she’s oh no no no no you’ll see so what’s happening right now is and this
is the same thing with really any tree but palm trees so during that season the
roots are going down ever so deep into the soil of the earth and they’re
becoming strong the root system is becoming strong so that when those
spring storms hit that plumeria tree that palm tree that tree is able to stand
and because its roots are deep and strong and you probably know where I’m
going with this but when our roots are deep in the Word of God we’re strong
during those seasons when it doesn’t seem like anything’s happening well if
we’re in the Word and the Word is in us then those roots go down so deep and
become so strong that when not if that storm hits the palm tree might bow which
by the way when a storm hits that’s a good posture to take bowed low before
the Lord in humility but it doesn’t break that plumeria tree it doesn’t fall
because it’s strong why is it strong because its roots are deep well this
brings us to verse 5 and the psalmist now turns a corner and contrasts the
Godly and blessed life with the life of the ungodly and we’re using now this tree
that is planted by the rivers of water so that’s strong that’s the blessed life
that’s the Godly life that one that does not walk in the way or the path of the
ungodly or the ungodly counsel stand in the way of sinners or sit in
the seat of scorners that’s the chaff life
now what’s chaff well they would separate the wheat from the chaff by
throwing it up in the air and the wind would blow away the chaff and then
the wheat because it had weight would then be separated from the chaff look at
this contrast so you’ve got the blessed life over here like a tree that thing is
strong that thing’s not going down and
contrasted with the ungodly life it’s totally forget the storm we get the
trade winds the trade winds are blowing that chaff away that’s the contrast and
the chaff is taken away and this is why they will not stand in the judgment nor
will sinners stand in the congregation of the righteous they can’t how are they
going to stand they’re chaff they’re like the chaff the wind blows them away and
again the contrast conversely with the righteous not only do they stand they
stand strong unmoved able to withstand that which comes up against them
Charles Spurgeon again speaking of the contrast between the tree and the chaff of the
chaff wrote intrinsically worthless dead unserviceable without substance and
easily carried away I think about what James says that there are those who are
blown away carried away by every wind of doctrine they’re like the chaff those
who are not grounded with their roots deep in the Word of God and Spurgeon
says there is a huge difference between a tree and chaff that’s kind of an
almost an understatement well this brings us to the last verse verse 6
where we’re told that the Lord knows the way of the of the righteous but the way
of the ungodly shall perish now interesting a couple thoughts
here ok so the Lord knows the way of the righteous kind of gives you the
impression that the Lord knows the path we’ve chosen the the way we’re
walking and He sees He knows He cares and He
sees everything that we’re going through and He knows our way and our righteous
way but and again here we have the contrast but the way of the ungodly
shall perish now I want to point something out here and we’ll
bring it to a close but did you notice that the first word in Psalm 1 is the
word blessed and the last word in Psalm 1 is the word perish there’s a reason
for that I would submit that there is this stark
contrast between one who is godly being blessed as opposed to the ungodly who
perish that’s what’s at stake here proverbs 14:12 I know you’re familiar
with this it is probably one of the most powerful and descriptive
proverbs it says there is a way there is a way that seems right to a man but it’s
end is the way of death they will perish the way of the ungodly the way of the
sinner the way of the wicked as opposed to the way of the righteous I mean it’s
you would think one would think that it would be a no-brainer right do I want my
life to be blessed or do I want to perish a blessed life a life that’s not
blessed why would we ever go in this way why would we not want to do
everything we can to avoid not having a blessed life stripping the blessing of
God maybe better said this way tying the
hands of God’s blessing with the ropes of our ungodliness our worldliness
that’s what the worldliness does that’s what the ungodliness does is it robs us
of the blessing of God in our lives and is that not lastly true in terms of what
the enemy seeks to do Jesus said the enemy comes to steal kill and destroy
notice the order it’s not destroy kill steal its steal first so first he
wants to rob us of that which God has for us right first second he wants to
kill he wants to kill and then thirdly and ultimately in so doing he seeks to
completely destroy us Peter says that the enemy is like this roaring lion
seeking whom he may destroy devour devour he wants to devour us well what a
way to end it Psalm 1 well it does end with the word
perish so there you have it why don’t you stand and we’ll pray Father in heaven
thank You so much again for Your word and this book of Psalms Lord we’re off
to a very good start and so much here just from this first Psalm that we can
take home with us and begin that process of having the Holy Spirit apply it to
our lives and bless it to our hearts Lord I don’t think there’s a one of us
here tonight in this beautiful church that doesn’t want that blessed life
that doesn’t want that life that’s like a tree that is planted by this
endless supply of water these rivers of water Lord we want our lives to
be fruitful and useful I think about what You said Jesus about how many are
called but few are chosen and what You’re really saying is that
many are saved but there’s only a few that are useful and fruitful and blessed
as Psalm 1 describes and so Lord I think that every single one of us here tonight
and even watching online would desire to be numbered amongst those of whom it
could be said my how blessed they are what a blessed life Lord thank You in
Jesus’ name Amen

76 Replies to “Psalm 1”

  1. My dear husband who fell asleep in Jesus last December he always used to talk about heaven over the 35years we were married he said the fruit in the garden is the most freshest purest fruit ever and tastes wonderful, and how wonderful heaven husband was 67 year's and 4 months and 4 days when he died the day before on the 29th he was dancing and singing saying I am at peace my love I am going home (now it can begin)

  2. I wish this could be love streamed. My friends and I can't wait for the way your God given talent to preach the gospel comes to us. 😎

  3. you're a wonderful pastor and your passion for the lord sets me on fire. Thank you J.D Farag the Lord speaks through you. God bless you and everyone listening to your preaching.

  4. This was truly what I needed to hear…today June 1st. As a prodigal who has returned to the Lord Jesus.

  5. Thank you!  I'm reading Psalms, too and have gotten to 28.  I cried so hard during my last read b/c God's goodness is so amazing, His grace and love so moving, it just made my heart very happy.  🙂

  6. Pastor JD, I wanted to say thank you because you have helped me SO much since I discovered your channel a few months ago. You helped me to focus on Jesus during troubling times, and your videos helped my marriage. Your videos are like you are talking directly to me! You helped me to remember what Jesus said about loving others and forgiving, blessing your enemies. Deep in my heart, my husband was my enemy after hurting me, and I grew cold and bitter over the year since it happened, and I don't want these feelings of hate, anger, bitterness in my heart any longer. After just one video, I was able to open up to the Lord in prayer and forgive so that I can love, instead. I feel so at peace now, so I wanted to say THANK YOU! And I LOVED the rapture and the Job videos so much! Thank you, you are a very good Pastor, Jesus is very happy with you! I just know it. Love – Leslie and my family

  7. Amen JD. Touched my heart and convicted me too, to delve even deeper into God's Word. Thank you for these studies. It's a blessing to see someone teaching the Whole Counsel of God.

  8. Please pray for me… My husband has fallen away and keeps in the company of the ungodly. He even whispers ungodly things or mocks me behind my back to our children. It is becoming really HARD… I'm battling bitterness and resentment…

  9. This message was so nice had to watch it twice! ((maybe even thrice 😀 )) thank you pastor JD from Jesus' disciple ON THE MAINLAND in Portland, OR. Praying for everyone in Hawaii that God's Spirit moves in everyone's hearts, taking residence. In Jesus' name!

  10. Oh my goodness, what you said that we are only as happy as our happiest child. That is soo true. After raising three boys, I can't tell you how many times when they were hurt or sick, I just asked God to give that to me and take it from them.

  11. patience is one of the things need the most,I pray every night and every morning for Abba to fill my heart with love, kindness ,forgiveness and patience,thank you Brother J D for all you do in The Adon Yahshua .much love to you and your family.

  12. Every emotion we can ever experience is written in the Psalms. I always find a word in season when reading them.

  13. YES, Amen!! To the closing prayer Pastor J.D "Many are saved, few are useful" Lets all be useful to our Lord Jesus for such a great salvation!! 🙏

  14. I literally told my mom yesterday that there will be the best food we will ever have in Heaven. I love it!

  15. Wow. I never noticed Psalm 1:6 about the Lord watching over the way of the righteous. Several months ago, God gave me a personal prophetic word that He has prepared a way for me, and just yesterday, He updated that and started showing me what He meant about the way He has prepared. Since I got that Word, the word "Way" has been very important in my life. Thanks, Pastor. God bless you and your entire ministry.

  16. Super teaching on Psalm 1. Loved the detail you added–several things I had never considered. Thank you so much! From Charlottesville Virginia

  17. My very first moment when I truly heard the Holy Spirit was when I started reading Psalms 1:1. As I read "Blessed is the man", He stopped me and asked me, "do you want to be blessed?" After answering "Yes", I read it and it so convicted me. And I have been blessed in oh so many ways since then. Thank you Pastor JD for letting me virtually fellowship with you and your church.

  18. Pastor JD, I have little doubt that everyone likely feels this way, to some degree or another but, I cannot stress enough how much I needed this sermon right now. So, thank you for being open to, and very good at, having the Lord God Almighty speak through you!!

    Additionally, I suspect you can essentially extrapolate how many people are being spoken to via the view count, IRL attendance, etc.. However, I wanted to be 100% sure you are fully aware and reminded consistently of not only how that's just the "direct number" that have viewed(not even including when families or friends watch from the same view) and subsequently have not allowed anymore of their blessing to be stolen from them by evil forces and that the full number is sooo much more.

    Finally, and likely the most important aspect of the amazingly huge scope of Christians and potential Christians that the Lord God Almighty reaches through you and your church which is the depth and importance of the life, and eternal-life saving level of service you and your ministry have had across this entire world and that this could never be adequately conveyed even with such an impressive online view count(ratings even Trump would be impressed by =] lol). So, again, thank you and eternal praise be to The King of Kings, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah,, our Lord, and The One and Only True Savior for all of mankind, Jesus Christ!!!

    Sincerely, Your Brother In Jesus Christ,
    -Ben Carter

  19. Thank you Pastor JD. I am soooo excited to go through the Psalms with you. Fantastic reading on the first one, I hope to make it for a Thursday night a few times. (tough to do)Thank you Gale for your work in sending the notes. I love reviewing the notes.
    BTW, I posted to Amir to come back out and see us.
    Mahalo from your Messianic Jew brother in Hawaii Kai.

  20. thankyou i am broken and need lots of prayer . i have lost three kids and my husband of 20 years left me for a so called friend

  21. Thank you Pastor for your attention to detail and for taking your time through this passage of scripture. One thing I love the most about The Word of God is seeing it from so many perspectives over the years, constantly seeing/reading the same chapter over and over but finding something new to feast on… its constantly satisfying. I’ve had Psalm 1 memorized since I was 10 yrs old, but today I feel as though I’ve finally understood it in it’s entirety. (That only took 40 yrs LOL) Thank you sooo much! I appreciate you more than I can express. God bless you and Hawaii ♥️

  22. Pastor..Thank You for a wonderful teaching..I am struggling with life issues, this message was delivered in God's perfect time..

  23. Urgent Bible Prophecy: YouTube will exceed 2000 self-ordained leaders which has posted a date for the Rapture…lol
    Even though Jesus said "I will come when you least expect it" … Listen to Pastor JD, Amir, Jan Markel…and the Word of God

  24. ha ha! I needed this today! Same here Pastor, Hate the patience and self control one's too…the self control one can be applied to the remote or in my case the mouse clicking!
    ha ha! LOVE Plumeria's BTW. The Lord led my husband and I out of CA 1 1/2 yrs ago to the deep south here in AL. I really SO miss those Plumeria trees!! BUT I also love the Magnolia trees here!

  25. Im so excited Bout starting psalms! I couldnt stop watching movies n tv shows til I feared the Lord and the next day I gave away my TV and DVD player. So grateful. I did this last year. Now i dont miss any of those programs. I don't even know what is playing in movie theaters. Praise God! Thank you for this message . Hugs

  26. Psalms has always been my book of helps. When I feel like the World is caving in under me I pick up my Bible and just open it. And it ALWAYS opens in the Psalms. And it is always one that has exactly what I need to hear to get me thru the storm. And there is also s lot of project in them. What comfort and answers Psalms brings to us. God bless you and your family Pastor Farag

  27. Anyone else getting a bad feeling about Trump. I can’t shake the feeling somethings wrong. He fits the antichrist description to the T.

  28. Psalm 1 New International Version (NIV)
    BOOK I
    Psalms 1–41
    Psalm 1
    1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
    2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
    3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

    4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
    5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

    6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

  29. Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)
    1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

    2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

    5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

    6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

  30. Proverbs 14:12 King James Version (KJV)
    12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

  31. Proverbs 14:12 New International Version (NIV)
    12 There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

  32. Pastor Farag…..Please know that the work Our Abba Father has you doing,
    although wearying and time-consuming, is surely the work He has chosen you
    for, and the flock you feed is deeply grateful, and feels your heart, hears your
    messages, and sees that you are lovingly sincere. We love you and will
    continue to come to your table until we are home, and then you will
    enjoy many, many friends, sisters, and brothers.
    Thank you.
    -A brother from Lake Winola, PA

  33. About a year ago my mother and my sister's boyfriend had asked me if I still went to church … I told them yes I do and their response to me just horrified me … They both said something along the lines of 'I'll never set foot in a church ever again' and 'never been and never will go to church' in a nasty way … that hurt so much it left me speechless … last October I called my brother's wife out on a bold face lie, they go to church also but I think it's more of a cult because they put more emphasis on how much money you give … I was very mad about all the lies (not just her but my mother, sister and brother have told lies to me) and I didn't handle it well and made her cry … My brother grabbed me and threw me to the floor, I'm just a bit over 100lbs and 4ft 11, then kicked me off the property … I took it as a blessing in disguise that I won't be mocked to my face anymore … I have since forgiven them and I pray for them that they will repent and turn to Jesus

  34. Psalms is truly comfort food the way you are able to so giftedly expound on it, pastor. I used to teach school in my first teaching job near Spokane in Republic, Washington and am from Milwaukie, Oregon, living in The Dalles, Oregon since 1985. So we were once neighbors. I've lived on Whidbey Island, Washington also from 1979-1983. I am so glad you went to Hawaii so we all can benefit from your preaching online from there. You are such a blessing to the country and the world!

  35. Psalms, yum yum. Someone tell Andy Stanley to listen perhaps he will change his mind about the old testament, well we can only hope.

  36. In America today, unknowledgeable people sit in the council of the ungodly, then began marching in their parade. We have discernment. Use it and teach others to walk away from the influence of the ungodly. It's a deadly contagion. You wouldn't take your children near someone with a horrible contagious disease. The same applies with Ungodly mentors. Blessings.

  37. BARDGES are reportedly headed to Hawaii from the US FEMA. Do NOT get on it. PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO IS IN HAWAII

  38. I think its in Amso 3:3 it ask can two walk together if they don't agree?
    If King David was a man after Gods own heart, I want to know how David thought, so I can agree with the Lord


  40. Great teaching as always,, I am excited to travel thru Psalms with JD..

    Am I the only one that noticed Youtube has changed button to click to homepage to gay rainbow colored "#Proud toCreate"
    To get to my homepage I need to hit a drop down menu I found or I go to a gay site.. Is it just me???

  41. I personally attest to what you say about the Psalms ministering to our souls through the entire range of emotions. Reading a Psalm every day helped me to work through a severe depression as I observed the godly patterns used in dealing with difficult emotions and followed them. God is so good!!

  42. I quit watching TV and movies several years ago and have not missed it one bit. Probably the only movie I have watched in some time is "The Passion of Christ." I don't want to sound self-righteous, but I have not missed TV at all. I don't watch mainstream news either. I sift through what is on YouTube and foreign news. One can't trust much of what is on the air these days; it is often quite vile. I thank God for you and reliable watchers, such as Barry Scarborough. Even so, one has to be careful on YouTube.

  43. Please skip over to Psalm 91 we need this protection cause the enemy is proliferating and Yeshua is about to come as a thief.

  44. May the Lord bless you Pastor J.D. more. Your teachings are Spirit led. All praise and glory to Jesus whose trump call we expect and joyfully look upward every day while living for Him in the world.

  45. Wow. This body of believers are well fed. Do be thankful to God for a leader like this in these days. I praise God for this teaching. I am being blessed and strengthened in the inner man. Thanks and keep up the good work. Will continue with you in the series.

  46. Thank you JD God Bless. I have a storie to tell you. I was following you in my old bible I've had for over 30 years. My mother-in-law bought it for my birthday. Well I opened the Book. Corinthians 1: 9. a revelation for me. It was.marked and hi lighted. I was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2003 and revived at the hospital, Where I was was so peacefull till I woke up on the table with them shooting over 240 staples in my head my body said he saw my brains two inch fracture, lost 5 blood, multiple bone fractures it was awful, also my airborne unit was over run in Vietnam two weeks after was hit and in the army medical field hospital. TY

  47. Pastor Farag your teaching from God's Word is a great blessing to me. I believe God really anoint you and uses you in a great way to touch people's lives with God's Word. May the Lord richly bless you.

  48. Getting a lot of this amazing study, hubby and I both are! It's funny you mentioned you lived in Eastern WA. Spokane and have pine trees well my husband and I live in Western WA. Camano Island and we have fern trees AND PALM TREES …real ones too right in front of our bank. Lol

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