The First Psalm

by Lynn D. Headrick

Introduction

1.  A reading of this psalm reveals that the righteous and the ungodly or wicked are here contrasted. Note especially verse 6.

2.  Let us study this psalm and determine that we will follow the path of the righteous man herein described.

I.  THE RIGHTEOUS MAN IS DESCRIBED IN VERSES 1-3.  Note: The word blessed denotes a condition resulting from a state of inner peace with God and man. This meaning may be derived from Matthew 5:1-12; James 1:12 and Revelation 1:3; 14:13.  The righteous man is blessed because:

  A. He does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly (wicked). vs.1

  B. He does not stand in the way of sinners.

  C. He does not sit in the seat of the scornful.

  D. He delights in the law of the Lord. 

  E. He meditates day and night on the law of God. 

  F. The Righteous man bears fruit.

 

 II. THE UNGODLY MAN. VERSE 4.

  A. He has none of the qualities of the righteous man.

  B. He is like the chaff.  Illustrate the ancient method of separating chaff and wheat. Compared to wheat, the chaff is worthless.

  C. The unrighteous is worthless or not good for:

III. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE UNGODLY AT THE JUDGMENT. VERSES 5 AND 6

 A. V.5. The ungodly will not stand approved of God. cf. Mt.7:23; Matthew 25:41

  B. V.6. The righteous will be approved. Mt.25:34; Rev.22:14

IV. SOME LESSONS FROM THIS STUDY

  A. The man who does right in God's sight is the blessed or approved man of this Psalm. 

  B. There is a great need for all of us to meditate day and night on the word of God.

  C. Surely you want to be a righteous person. The righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, Romans 1:17, and you can become righteous by obeying the gospel.

 

 

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