Thursday, June 10, 2010

Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
Therefore introduces the final conclusion. At last the time will come when every man will learn of his eternal dwelling. The wicked will be cast out; the ranks of the righteous will be cleansed from hypocrisy.

Because the wicked stand in the path of sinners, they will therefore be unable to stand in the judgment. Rather than standing in the path of the righteous and sipping upon streams of water, the wicked followed foolish counsel and fed on sin. Instead of meditating in the law of the LORD, the wicked found their pleasure remaining in the seat of scoffers. Many of them lived righteous lives by the world's standards, but they did so for their own glory — so they will be driven away like chaff and will not stand in the judgment.

Just as the wicked will not stand in the judgment, neither will the wicked any longer succeed in blending in with the assembly of the righteous. God will cast out those hypocrites who were not found guilty here on earth. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12).

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Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6

Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4

The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:4)
The opening half of Psalm 1 speaks directly of the blessed man, but the closing half speaks directly of the wicked man. After stating several qualities and descriptions of the blessed man, the Psalm switches subject and states: The wicked are not so.

The righteous are like trees planted by streams of water, but the wicked are deserving of no such comparison. Instead, they are like the chaff which the wind drives away. In farming, chaff is worthless, only the wheat is wanted. At first glance, chaff and wheat appear identical — which makes them difficult to separate. One way to separate chaff and wheat is to toss both of them straight up into the air. The chaff, because it is lighter, will be driven away by the wind, but the wheat, which is heavier, will fall safely to the ground.

The wicked are compared to that image: chaff which the wind drives away. Just as the chaff is unwanted and unneeded, so the wicked are insignificant and worthy of nothing in the eyes of God. The hypocrite, who on the outside appears righteous, will be found weightless. When judged by God, the hypocrite will be driven out like chaff in the wind.

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Delight In The Lord's Instruction - Psalm 1:2
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Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Prosperous Tree - Psalm 1:3

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. (Psalm 1:3)
The blessed man is compared to a tree. Trees are of the strongest and mightiest objects which dwell on planet earth. When fully grown, a tree towers over most of the earthly creation. Good trees possess great sturdiness, they are unmovable, and hard to uproot; they are a creative beauty — a testimony to God's great handiwork at creation.

The blessed man who both despises the counsel of the wicked and continually meditates in the law of the LORD is said to be like a tree planted by streams of water. This is no ordinary tree — it is nourished with a constant supply of water; it bears fruit at the appropriate time and its leaf does not wither.

Whatever the blessed man does, he prospers. This does not refer merely to temporal earthly wealth; rather, it refers to eternal prosperity. Such a man stands in stark contradiction to the cursed man — who is like a tree that feeds upon poison — a poison which at first seems to be beneficial, but has an end result of eternal death.

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Delight In The Lord's Instruction - Psalm 1:2
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Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5
Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Delight in the LORD's Instruction - Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
How blessed is the man who wants nothing to do with wickedness! He cannot bear to run, leap, walk, stand, sit, or involve himself in any way with any form of sin! Rather than following after sinful desires, the blessed man desires the law of the Lord. But he doesn't just desire it — he delights in it. The law of the LORD is his source of joy and nutrition. The blessed man does not live by bread alone; rather, he lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD (Deuteronomy 8:3).

There are some who might ask: But how could anyone delight in the law of the LORD? For it consists of rule after rule — regulations for this feast and that feast — instruction for one kind of animal sacrifice and the other kind of animal sacrifice — surely dedication to such things is nothing but legalism and idolatry? However, the psalmist does not record, "his delight is in the law," but the psalmist records, "his delight is in the law of the LORD". This isn't just any law — it is instruction from the LORD Himself. The true believer recognizes that the law points to love and worship of the Lawgiver. For the one who worships the living God, the commandments of God are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).

But the psalmist does not stop there. The blessed man does not just delight in the law of the Lord— but it is his continuous delight! Just as people make a habit of eating both in the earlier and later parts of the day — so the blessed man meditates in the law of the LORD day and night. The never-ending contemplations of the blessed dwell not in worldly and wicked thoughts, but they feast upon the instruction of the Most High God!


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The Prosperous Tree - Psalm 1:3
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4
Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5
Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6