The book of Psalms is actually organized into five smaller books, but Psalm 1 is generally regarded as an introduction to the whole thing. It’s in Psalm 1, the introduction, we get a very intentional stark contrast between the “way of the wicked” and the “way of the righteous.”
This idea of “the way” could be described as “the path” or “the direction of one’s life.” One path leads to fruitfulness and immortality; the other path leads to exhaustion and destruction. You couldn’t get a more intentional contrast between the two life routes.
What’s the difference between the two ways?
One person delights in the Word or the “law” of the Lord. The other does not. One person values the beauty of the Gospel, the other finds beauty somewhere else.
Here in this Psalm, we’re asking the Lord to give us that delight in his Word, so that we could see the beauty of His Gospel and the comfort of His presence. It’s this delight that transforms us more into the image of Jesus. It’s this delight that gives us the fruit of the Spirit, the love, joy and peace we all desire.
During the time in prayer and as you have time…
· Read Psalm 1 with the group
· Assign each section to two individuals in the group
· Ask others to pray for specific needs listed below
· Ask if there is anything else we could pray for
Use your best judgment as a host to try and end around 10:20am. If you go late for praying, don’t worry; what better use of our time could there be!
Passage Breakdown: Psalm One
1 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;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
When we’re talking about counsel, way, or seat of the those who do not delight in the Lord we’re talking about the advice, the lifestyle, and the achievements of those around us who do not see the beauty of the Gospel. If we’re honest with ourselves, that includes us! We’re constantly tempted to delight in the wonder and beauty of the creation over and above the wonder and beauty of the Creator who reveals himself to us in his Word.
Pray that God, through the Spirit, would grow our delight in Him, and that we would delight in His Word over and above any other counsel we could receive.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
God wants us to delight in Him, not because of some selfish reason or some need of His own, He wants us to delight in Him, so that we’re “blessed!” That’s how the Psalm started, and this is an expansion of that blessing. We bear fruit. We are given the love, joy and peace that comes from the creator of the universe, and we’re able to have those things no matter the circumstances around us because we’re finding delight in the never changing creator of the universe.
Pray, thanking the Lord for the blessing of His presence in His Word, and ask Him to give us more of the love, joy, and peace that comes from delighting Him.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The final blessing of the Lord comes from the fact that we’re able to stand before the Lord when He gives His final judgment on everything in the world. We have a hope that’s eternal and that will never perish. We know this because the life of Jesus, the blessed man himself, ended in resurrection from the dead. This is the beauty of our God, He’s given us the perfect life of the blessed man, so that you and I could stand in His presence, not just today, but forever.
Pray thanking the Lord that he’s shown us the way, through His Son, for eternal blessing. He’s given us Himself and nothing else will bring us the eternal blessing of His presence.
- Pray for opportunities as a family to make additional disciples by making much of Jesus
- We've been blessed with a lot of young children, pray that the Spirit would unite those children to Jesus
- Ask the Lord for wisdom to equip the Sanfords as they pursue foster care
- Ask the Spirit to use the words from the worship leader and teacher this morning
- Pray for the salvation of the individuals in our government "that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life" (1 Tim 2:2)
- Ask the Lord to raise up additional leaders for our community, both Elder and Deacon Candidates