Psalm 1 Insight

I have always wanted to do a study, so I am going to try and ease into it by weekly posting a study from Psalms. This will include the verses we’re studying, personal insight and notes from my research. Unless otherwise notated, all scripture will be English Standard Version (ESV).

Psalms are one of my favorite books in the Bible and have really served as an example to me on how to pray. They are honest and full of emotion. There are several authors of Psalms, with David being the most well-known.

Read: Psalm 1:1-6

Focus verses: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” – Ps 1:2-3

Research Notes and definitions:

“This psalm serves as the gateway into the entire book of Psalms, stressing that those who would worship God genuinely must embrace his law.”

This psalm contrasts the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked and reminds people that there is really only two choices in how you live your life.

To meditate means to actively think about something.

My Insights:

This Psalm offers insight into what happens to Godly and wicked people. It also allows us to identify characteristics of both types of people.

Godly People:

  • They are blessed
  • They avoid the advice and mockery of the wicked
  • They focus on God’s Word
  • They find pleasure in reading His word
  • They are firm in their faith

Wicked People:

  • Scoff and mock people
  • They don’t stand firm but disperse when trouble (wind) comes
  • They aren’t prosperous and will perish before the Lord

God knows our hearts and while in today’s world it might appear as though the wicked are prospering, it will be made right in heaven. God is a fair and righteous judge.

Apply it:

Study His Word and really meditate on what it means. You can do this in many different ways: scripture writing, memorizing scripture, Illustrated Faith, prayer, SOAP methods or any other method that works for you. There is no right way to study His Word. We all learn differently, so do what works best for you. Keep in mind that this might change, depending on the season of your life. I used to repeat the verse I was trying to memorize over and over on my walk to work (15 minutes), whereas now I am finding scripture writing to be extremely beneficial. I also like Illustrates Faith, where I color/draw things related to scripture. The important thing is to become rooted in His Word, so that you will stand firm in faith during the storms that life brings.

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Prayer:

I pray that you found today’ study encouraging and uplifting. I pray that God plants a seed in your heart that takes root and helps you dive deep into His Word, no matter what is going on in your life. I hope you understand that this is not an impersonal book but is instead, writing that God deemed vital to your life. I pray that if I misinterpret anything God will cause it to be forgotten. I pray that this study helps you grow in faith and draw closer to the Lord.

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