Psalm 1 – This psalm opens the collection of psalms that we find in our Bible today. It is foundational a proper understanding of God, man, godliness, and prosperity. Verses 1 and 2 are often quoted and memorized as they encourage man to walk in purity. Verse 3, on the other hand, describes the blessed man as prosperous in all that he does. What is the linkage between the purity of verses 1 and the prosperity of verse 3? What are the implications of the prosperity described by the fruitful tree? How does the imagery of chaff fit in? Listen as Pastor Lee works through Psalm 1 with those questions in mind.
1:1 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;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. (ESV)