Meaning Psalm1

A number of years ago, I attended a men’s camp and the speaker used psalm 1 as his text. It was the first time that I had heard anybody preach and discuss the meaning of psalm 1. I was captivated by his teachings and so thankful and appreciative to know that I am counted with the blessed.

Psalm 1 from The KJV

1: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4: The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6: For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

You can read those verses from other translations. Link

Matthew Henry Commentary

It has helped me, personally, to meditate upon this psalm from a law and a grace perspective.

This is how I read verse two from a grace perspective. But his delight is in Jesus and in Him doth he meditate day and night.

We sing a chorus:

I’m not under law but under grace,

It is grace that rescued me.

It is grace that sets me free,

I was lost, I have found,

My hiding place

I’m not under law but under grace.

Paul was bound to the law but found grace. He wrote..

Romans 6:15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!

16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.

17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.

18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

Are you among the blessed?


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