“Delight” is the Hebrew word [email protected]. An equal number had a difficult time accepting the concept of absolute truth. “Law” is torah (tor> or Tor`H) meaning “law, teaching, instruction.” So tor> means direction, instruction, but also law, because it contains the authoritative principles and instructions which are to guide men’s lives. I’m afraid this is the state of the majority—even of the majority of the church. This is why Christ had to die for our sin so we might have His righteousness. The word translated “law” is the Hebrew torah. “Who” is the Hebrew relative pronoun, a&sh#r. This refers to the judgment of all unbelieving dead or those raised in the resurrection for judgment (see John 5:29). One is reminded of Paul’s statement in 2 Timothy 2:19-20. Note that in Ephesians 4:14 the apostle is writing to believers regarding the need to grow in Christ lest they become unstable, tossed about by the waves of man’s ideas about life. 4:10-11; Rom. 5:1-11; 2 Thess. David shows us that the Scripture, when known and applied, can restore a sin-damaged and distraught soul, give spiritual wisdom, bring joy to the downcast, and provide spiritual discernment. Then in 4:17-19 he warns Christians against living like the unbelieving world in the futility of their minds, minds that are not being nourished by the water of God’s Word. Many people in the church today are comfortable with their religion; they are merely playing at church. (3) Synthetic—the second line explains or further develops the idea of the first line (1:3; 95:3). Psalms in the Book of the Twelve: how misplaced are they? 5:22-23, 16); (b) the exercise of our spiritual gifts in Christian service (1 Pet. There is loa, which expresses absolute emphatic negation. In other words, as Peter teaches us in 2 Peter 1:3, it contains all that man needs for life and godliness, or about truth and righteousness. You have to constantly strive to grow in the Word of God and Jesus Christ. “Blessed is the man who.” “Who” is a function word which introduces us to the person who is so blessed, one who has the qualities of life which lead to blessedness. They practice godliness from the heart—from the inside out. This is the point of Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.”. 5 The Bible Knowledge Commentary, OT Edition, John F. Walvoord, Roy B. Zuck, editors, Victor Books, electronic media. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/2. “And Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! In fact, we are convinced that reading the Bible without seeing how it points us to Jesus is to read the Bible with a veil over it. However, the believer, who is kept by the power of God, will be in eternity with the Lord. But since Christians too can live like mere men, like the wicked to some degree, Scripture exhorts us to live as sojourners, as aliens who seek to lay up treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys (1 Pet. (3) It also pictures ministry. Its organization, its fellowship, its works, testimony, witness, and giving. They are often identified with “but.”. It also means being prepared to bear fruit when opportunity knocks (2 Tim. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm, a kind of gateway to the rest, where all kinds of qualities are mentioned. 4:19). (5) Emblematic—One line conveys the main point, the second line illuminates it by an image (42:1; 23:1). In its place has come (a) shorter and shorter topical sermons aimed more at self-fulfillment than biblical exposition, (b) pop-psychology, (c) entertainment in the form of drama and music, (d) more and more emphasis on music that gives an emotional bang for the sake of the emotions rather than music that focuses the heart on the person and work of God, i.e., sound biblical truth that may then stir the soul. English verse manipulates sound, and emphasizes rhyme and meter. (c) By substituting one’s own ideas, experiences, emotions, feelings, or traditions for the Word and its principles. There is very significant application we need to note here: Before we were saved we were in Adam, dead in sin, but God in His grace has transplanted us into Jesus Christ. Because here is the root, everything else is the fruit, i.e., the result of one living close to God by living in His eternal, infallible, sure, true and tried Word. Note the parallel here. That is a law of life. 104:27). The written Word is God’s love letter to us and we are to have a love affair with God through His Word. By-in-large, the wicked live primarily for this life. We might paraphrase, “Oh how very, very happy is the one who …”. 1 Lawrence O. Richards, The Teacher's Commentary, electronic media. Literally, we may translate, “in all that he may do he continually or repeatedly prospers.” “Prospers” is the Hebrew x`[email protected]~j, “prosper, succeed, be profitable.” The root means to accomplish satisfactorily what is intended.4 Real prosperity results from the work of God in the life of one who meditates on His Word. With verse 4 we come to a very strong contrast. This is the emphasis and declaration of David in Psalm 19:7-11. Hampton wrote many articles for the Biblical Studies Foundation and on... More, 4. The Hebrew word is r`sh`u. But what does this picture teach us? 1:17; 2:11; Matt. Blessing comes from growth in the plan of God through fellowship with Him and through the Word of God. Like taking wild trees growing in barren and desert-like conditions and carefully transplanting them in rich prepared soil by streams of water. “Of sinners.” “Sinners” is the Hebrew j^ff`a. In essence, God says there are two ways of life open to us: one means blessedness, happiness, and fruitfulness, but the other means cursedness, unhappiness, and judgment. But, as the next part of the verse warns, if their way of life is one of carnality, it will be futile and will perish by the loss of rewards. The way of the wicked perishes because it is left to itself. Matt. 1:8). The Hebrew verb form of this noun is used several times of a man taking pleasure or finding delight in the woman he loves. This is the kind of counsel that we must avoid. In this first volume of a three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides a lucid introduction to the Psalter and fresh commentary on Psalms 1–41. 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