SEÑOR, pon guarda a mi boca; vigila la puerta de mis labios. 4No dejes que mi corazón se incline a nada malo?

Salmo 141:3-4 

Si decimos que no tenemos pecado, nos engañamos a nosotros mismos y la verdad no está en nosotros. 9Si confesamos nuestros pecados, Él es fiel y justo para perdonarnos los pecados y para limpiarnos de toda maldad.

1 Juan 1:8-9 

El SEÑOR es mi pastor, nada me faltará. 2En lugares de verdes pastos me hace descansar; junto a aguas de reposo me conduce.

Salmo 23:1-2 

Él restaura mi alma; me guía por senderos de justicia por amor de su nombre. 4Aunque pase por el valle de sombra de muerte, no temeré mal alguno, porque tú estás conmigo; tu vara y tu cayado me infunden aliento.

Salmo 23:3-4 

Tú preparas mesa delante de mí en presencia de mis enemigos; has ungido mi cabeza con aceite; mi copa está rebosando. 6Ciertamente el bien y la misericordia me seguirán todos los días de mi vida, y en la casa del SEÑOR moraré por largos días.

Salmo 23:5-6 

9Acordaos de las cosas anteriores ya pasadas, porque yo soy Dios, y no hay otro; yo soy Dios, y no hay ninguno como yo, 10que declaro el fin desde el principio y desde la antiguedad lo que no ha sido hecho. Yo digo: "Mi propósito será establecido, y todo lo que quiero realizaré." [Yo llamo del oriente un ave de rapiña, y de tierra lejana al hombre de mi propósito. En verdad he hablado, ciertamente haré que suceda; lo he planeado, así lo haré.]

Isaías 46:9-10 [11]  

Hijo mío, si los pecadores te quieren seducir, no consientas.

Proverbios 1:10 

Confía en el SEÑOR con todo tu corazón, y no te apoyes en tu propio entendimiento. 6Reconócele en todos tus caminos, y Él enderezará tus sendas. [7No seas sabio a tus propios ojos, teme al SEÑOR y apártate del mal.]

Proverbios 3:5-6 [7]  

11La discreción del hombre le hace lento para la ira, y su gloria es pasar por alto una ofensa.

Proverbios 19:11 

Yo soy la vid, vosotros los sarmientos; el que permanece en mí y yo en él, ése da mucho fruto, porque separados de mí nada podéis hacer.

Juan 15:5 

En la casa de mi Padre hay muchas moradas; si no fuera así, os lo hubiera dicho; porque voy a preparar un lugar para vosotros. 3Y si me voy y preparo un lugar para vosotros, vendré otra vez y os tomaré conmigo; para que donde yo estoy, allí estéis también vosotros.

Juan 14:2-3 

Los que confían en el SEÑOR son como el monte Sion, que es inconmovible, que permanece para siempre. 2Como los montes rodean a Jerusalén, así el SEÑOR rodea a su pueblo desde ahora y para siempre.

Salmo 125:1-2 

...y que la paciencia ha de tener su perfecto resultado, para que seáis perfectos y completos, sin que os falte nada. 5Pero si alguno de vosotros se ve falto de sabiduría, que la pida a Dios, el cual da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche, y le será dada.

Santiago 1:4-5 

Porque no me avergüenzo del evangelio, pues es el poder de Dios para la salvación de todo el que cree; del judío primeramente y también del griego. [17Porque en el evangelio la justicia de Dios se revela por fe y para fe; como está escrito: MAS EL JUSTO POR LA FE VIVIRÁ.]

Romanos 1:16 [17]  

¡Cuán bienaventurado es el hombre que no anda en el consejo de los impíos, ni se detiene en el camino de los pecadores, ni se sienta en la silla de los escarnecedores, 2sino que en la ley del SEÑOR está su deleite, y en su ley medita de día y de noche!

Salmo 1:1-2 

Delight in God’s Word (Psalm 1:1-2)

| Apr 17, 2021

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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; 2but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. —Psalm 1:1-2

Psalm 1 and 2 combine to provide the introduction to the book of Psalms, Israel’s book of prayers and praises to Yahweh. Psalm 1 begins with what will give us blessedness or overflowing happiness—delighting in God’s Word: “his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). And as Psalm 2 ends, it tells us who will give us overflowing happiness—His Son: “Kiss the Son…Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:12).

With this context in mind, let’s focus now on our passage. Psalm 1 contrasts the righteous man who is blessed and the wicked man who is miserable. Every Christian must acknowledge that he is a sinner and is incapable of the righteousness that God requires in His law. Christ Jesus, who never sinned, has taken our sin on Himself and clothed us in His righteousness. “For our sake he [God] made him [Christ Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). And this gift of righteousness will find expression and bear fruit in our lives, as we learn the Bible and walk in the Spirit.

In the first verse of Psalm 1, we are told what the “blessed man” will not do—

  1. He will not walk in the counsel of the wicked. He will not turn to an unbeliever for counsel or go along with them in their deceptive and empty philosophies.
  2. He will not stand in the way of sinners. From God’s Word, the righteous man has learned about the temptation of the path of sinners and flees from it.
  3. He will not sit in the seat of scoffers. Our world is full of scoffers. The person in the seat of a scoffer is one settled on his unbelief. He mocks God, as well as God’s people, and spurns the Bible. The righteous man believes God and knows His Word is true.

Charles Spurgeon writes in The Treasury of David on Psalm 1:1
“When men are living in sin they go from bad to worse. At first they merely walk in the counsel of the careless and ungodly, who forget God—the evil is rather practical than habitual—but after that, they become habituated to evil, and they stand in the way of open sinners who willfully violate God’s commandments; and if let alone, they go one step further, and become themselves pestilent teachers and tempters of others, and thus they sit in the seat of the scornful. They have taken their degree in vice, and as true Doctors of Damnation they are installed and are looked up to by others as Masters of Belial. But the blessed man, to whom all the blessings of God belong, can hold no communion with such characters as these. He keeps himself pure…puts away evil things…comes out from among the wicked…bearing the reproach of Christ.”

What keeps him away from the counsel of the wicked, the path of sinners, the seat of scoffers? The law of Yahweh. The “blessed” man delights in God’s law and meditates on it day and night. The Word of God is never out of his thoughts. When he lies down to sleep and when he awakens in the morning, all the time and in everything, this man is secure in God’s Word. He doesn’t just know God’s Word, but he loves it, delights in it, finds his joy in it. His footsteps are ordered by the pure, clear sound of God’s wisdom ringing like a bell in his heart. God’s Word equips him to recognize the sins of the wicked and empowers him to walk away for the greater joy of belonging to God.

We are living in uncertain times, yes, but what a gift God has given us in His Word! Let’s delight in it, enjoy it, daily feast on this heavenly bread, and be transformed by it to live in the happy understanding of His righteous will for us. Over the next few weeks we will be memorizing Psalm 1. Will you join us at Fighter Verses and begin this week to fight the good fight of faith by memorizing Psalm 1:1-2? We are praying for you!

For Reflection:

  1. The quote from Charles Spurgeon suggests a downward spiral of sin in verse 1. What are the three things the blessed man will not do? Do you see a progression in these?
  2. Think about a time when you especially “delighted” in God’s Word. What was the circumstance? Which of God’s commands addressed the situation and helped you make a godly choice?
  3. Read Psalm 1 and 2 this week. Make two columns on a sheet of paper (or in your Fighter Verses Journal) and list the contrasts of the righteous and the wicked you find there. Pray, asking God to give you a teachable heart and joy in your Bible study.

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Our Refuge in God the Word

| Apr 18, 2016

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The text is simple: the blessed man doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. On the contrary, the blessed man meditates on the law of the LORD day and night. Going Deeper We would short-circuit the point here if we only walk away saying, “I want to be a blessed man so I should […]

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