Sermon on Psalm 1:1-2 - The Blessed Man

 The Blessed Path of the Righteous: A Study of Psalm 1

We embark on a journey into Psalm 1, a passage that beautifully unveils the path to blessedness—a life filled with joy, purpose, and favor from the Lord. In this psalm, we encounter the portrait of the blessed man who walks in the ways of God, avoiding the influences of the ungodly, sinners, and the scornful. Let's delve into each aspect of this portrait and discover how we, too, can experience the blessings of a life lived in harmony with God's design.

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I. Walking Away from Ungodly Counsel (Psalm 1:1)

The psalmist starts by highlighting the blessed man's decision not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. This choice is crucial, as the advice and direction we receive shape our thoughts and actions. To be blessed, we must align ourselves with godly wisdom, distancing ourselves from the counsel that opposes God's truth.

II. Refusing to Stand in the Path of Sinners (Psalm 1:1)

Continuing the portrait, the blessed man refuses to stand in the path of sinners. Proverbs 4:14-15 reminds us that we should not enter the path of the wicked nor walk in the way of evil. By avoiding such paths, we demonstrate our commitment to righteousness and godliness.

III. Avoiding the Seat of the Scornful (Psalm 1:1)

The third element underscores the blessed man's refusal to sit in the seat of the scornful. Such individuals mock godliness and undermine the ways of the Lord. Instead of embracing their attitudes, the blessed man maintains a heart of humility and reverence before God (Psalm 26:4-5).

IV. Delighting in the Law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2)

Shifting our focus, we encounter the heart of the blessed man's character—his delight in the law of the Lord. His joy comes from aligning his life with God's Word, finding purpose and fulfillment in its truths. He values God's commands and cherishes them above all else, echoing sentiments found in Psalm 40:8, 119:47-48, and Jeremiah 15:16.

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V. Meditating Day and Night on God's Law (Psalm 1:2)

The final brushstroke in this portrait reveals the blessed man's commitment to meditating on God's law day and night. His pursuit of God's wisdom is constant and unwavering. By filling his mind and heart with God's truth, he gains deeper insights, leading to transformation and a life that bears lasting fruit (Psalm 119:97-99).

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Let us reflect on the beautiful portrait of the blessed man presented in Psalm 1. By examining his choices to walk away from ungodly counsel, avoid the paths of sinners, reject the seat of the scornful, delight in God's law, and meditate on it day and night, we uncover the key to a truly blessed life.

May we take these principles to heart and apply them to our own lives. Let us choose godly counsel, walk in the paths of righteousness, cultivate humility, delight in God's Word, and meditate on it continually. In doing so, we open the door to a life of lasting fulfillment, joy, and favor from our gracious Heavenly Father. Let us strive to become the blessed people that God intended us to be. Amen.

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