book of psalmsA few weeks ago at Grace Landing, we decided to read and study through 50 Psalms over the next 50 weeks. Honestly, I fallen a little behind in this… nonetheless, I would like to share my thoughts on the Psalms I am reading as I go.

Each week I read a new Psalm, I take a few minutes each day to reflect back on the Psalm and what it means to me and how I can apply it in my life. I try to think through how does what am I reading apply to Jesus… how is Jesus the fulfillment of this Psalm. I recognize not all Psalms are prophetic, but anytime they speak of God interacting directly with us there can be a connection made to Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate, God with us, God among us.

I have read many of the Psalms over the course of my life, but I have ever set out to study them with any sort of purpose. I have found this endeavor to be much more rewarding than I anticipated. I know how this sounds… studying the Bible has been more enjoyable than I planned. That is not what I mean. I mean the applications and comfort I take from reading the Psalms hits home much more than I expected. These Psalms are just as relevant today as they were to the people to whom they were originally written.

Here are my reflections from Psalm 1:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
  • Reminds me a the passage in the gospel of John where Jesus says he is the bread and water of life and if we eat/drink of him we will hunger and thirst no more. 
 whatever he does he prospers.
  • What about this sticks out to me? Why do I feel I want to resist this slightly? Is it because I haven’t prospered? Is it because I don’t think I’ve prospered? What is prosperity? Is it money? Is it fame? Is prosperity financial gain? Is it notoriety? Or is it something else? Is prosperity salvation? Is it purely financial or is there a spiritual aspect to it as well? While I am quick to discard any mention or promise of physical & financial prosperity, I wonder if there may be more to this than I initially consider. I’n what ways am I financially prospering?
But the way of the wicked will perish.
  • I really like this. The back end of it is the righteous will NOT perish. Which is awesome. There is no idea in scripture more exciting to me than salvation. I can’t wait to be in heaven. In the past I have struggled with the rewards for the righteous, because I am aware of my unrighteousness. But these promises are for us. When we are covered by the blood of Christ, we become righteous and blameless.
Just a few brief reflections on Psalm 1. I know there is more here to think through. What about this Psalm stuck out to you? What phrase from it connected with your heart?

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