Psalms 1, Week 1:

Scripture: Psalm 1

Preaching Pastor: John Weathersby

Sermon Title: Blessed

Main Idea:

The blessed man is deeply nourished by the Word.  This week we dig into two things 1) the purpose and outline of the Psalms and 2) Psalm 1:1-6 and the blessed person.  

Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, 

nor stands in the way of sinners, 

nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 

but his delight is in the law of the Lord, 

and on his law he meditates day and night. 

The Psalms start in book 1, focusing on the output of the life Godly man who meditates deeply and richly and finds nourishment from the Word. This is the person who is blessed.  

The Psalmist looks to no element of worldly living to define the blessed man.  In fact, quite the contrary, anything of the world that identifies the man is attributed to the wicked in this first Psalm.

Application:

This Psalm should drive us deeper into the word, exclaiming blessings of praise, like those called for in Book 1 of the Psalms, Psalm 150:

Praise the Lord! 

Praise God in his sanctuary; 

praise him in his mighty heavens! 

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; 

praise him according to his excellent greatness! 

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; 

praise him with lute and harp! 

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; 

praise him with strings and pipe! 

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; 

praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! 

Praise the Lord!

Go Do:

As we prepare to worship Sunday, as you reflect on our study and prepare for future studies (Psalm 2 and beyond), reflect on your passion for the Word. 

Ask yourself:

What can you do to be more tree and less chaff? 

Plan My Visit

At First Reformed, we study the Bible one book at a time. We’re currently in the Book of Psalms, a vibrant study. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to this study, check the “The Book of Psalms” link below and learn more. Also, if you’re visiting for the first time, the “Plan Your Visit” link above gives you a breakdown of how we approach Sunday mornings.

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