Psalm Series Number 1
I have begun a thorough study of the Psalms, that delightful body of scripture positioned near the midpoint of the Bible, of which, the writing of seventy-six are attributed to a leader of Israel, that “sweet Psalmist,” King David. These one hundred and fifty selections are at once practical and poetic, comprising some of the most elegant writings known to man.
Godly praise and worship is the theme that is ribboned through these classic and durable writings. Many of these sections are Messianic, pointing to Jesus Christ as redeeming King, and telling of His suffering, resurrection and ascension.
Over the next months (years?) when I am not speaking to other issues and interests in this column, I plan to systematically write my limited thoughts on this nineteenth book of the Bible. I hope you will join in this little study, and respond with your own insights and considerations.
Psalm, the first, is of wide circulation, and at least portions of it are well-known to anyone who is even a casual student of the Bible. Charles Spurgeon says:
“This Psalm may be regarded as THE PREFACE PSALM, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire Book. It is the psalmist’s desire to teach us the way to blessedness, and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners. This then, is the matter of the first Psalm, which may be looked upon, in some respects, as the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon.”
Obviously divided into two opposing parts, anew today this scripture has brought me to consider my way of living; clearly I choose that of the blessed man, the one whose delight is in God’s way and God’s law, the one who is stable, and who prospers, as does a firmly planted tree. Readily do I reject counsel of the ungodly, nor will I walk as a sinner.
Verse 6 contains words that both terrify and comfort: “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
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