Sermons

Sun, Jul 01, 2018

Two Paths

In every circumstance in life there is a reason to worship God and to praise Him. We read 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings and we read about the experiences David encountered as he was anointed king over Israel. We read about the tests and challenges the sin and failure and yet its in the Psalms where we learn what was David feeling, what was going on
Duration:1 hr 1 mins 4 secs

Series: A Summer in the Psalms

Text: Psalm 1

Title: Two Paths



Psalm 1:1-6 (NKJV)

1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall 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 ungodly shall perish.



The Old Test Testament is broken up into sections, the Psalms are in the Books of Poetry

 

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Solomon

 

The Pslams were Hymnal of the Bible that children of Israel would sing to God.

 

They sang these songs when they gathered in the tabernacle and then the temple and at any celebration or feast…  

 

Psalm… A greek word means “a poem to be sung to a stringed instrument…”

 

David and others under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit would pen them then send them off to Asaph or one of his sons who would put them to music.

 

Most Christians will in time discover a favorite psalm they call their own…

 

The Psalms are very experiential, a lot of theology, a lot of revelation about God.

 

You read the Psalm and you understand what was happening inside of David when he was going through something in life. We adopt Psalms

 

Because it reveals something about God or God used it in our lives to get us through a dark place in the life. Most people have a few Psalms that match experiences we have gone though.

 

We relate to the Psalms.  

 

In every circumstance in life there is a reason to worship God and to praise Him. We read 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings and we read about the experiences David encountered as he was anointed king over Israel. We read about the tests and challenges the sin and failure and yet its in the Psalms where we learn what was David feeling, what was going on

 

• Songs of Relationship (Psalms 1–41)

• Songs of Redemption (Psalms 42–72)

• Songs of Refuge (Psalms 73–89)

• Songs of Rebellion’s Cost (Psalms 90–106)

• Songs of Revival (Psalms 107–150)



73 of the Psalms, almost half are ascribed to David. 12 psalms were written by Asaph, 12 by the Korahites, 2 by King Solomon, 1 by Moses, 1 by a guy named Heman, 1 by Hezekiah, and 1 by Ethan. The remaining psalms are anonymous.

 

Gospel

 

The book of Psalms plays an integral role in the grand unfolding of the gospel story. Jesus quoted the Psalms 11 times—more than any other book of the Bible. Furthermore, there are 17 messianic psalms that predicted the Messiah’s birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, second coming, universal reign, and glories of His kingdom, among other things.

 

How incredible that Jesus Christ was foretold, described, and honored in the book that Israel used for worship in the temple—a collection of songs from very different authors who expressed a mass of emotions over a long period of time.

 

Messianic Psalms: 2, 8, 16, 22, 23, 24, 40, 41, 45, 68, 69, 72, 89, 102, 110, 116, and 118.



Psalm 1 is considered a summation of all the psalms and is fitting to be first.

 

The Psalms are poetry of rhyme’s of thoughts not of words…



1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

 

God is calling us to get on fire for Him. Take this to heart. Take Gods Word to heart. To be about the Father’s business.

 

There is a certain way a blessed man or blessed woman lives. There are certain things we won’t do… Stop the bleeding! Stop the leaking!

 

How we think, how we behave and how we belong…

 

We see a pattern in verse 1… Walking, Standing Staying… a progression of actions…

 

“Blessed” literally means in the Hebrew and the Greek languages means, “Oh how happy is the person”, “to be envied”. The blessed person is the person who has heaven poured out upon you.

 

Who is the blessed person? He defines it for us. 3 Things Blessed people don’t do

 

1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.

 

Ask yourself in light of 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 are there people who call themselves brother or sister in your life who are walking in the counsel of the ungodly and you are not loving them or reproving them and reminding them that this is wrong before God. People who are not walking with God are not truly blessed the Psalmist tells us.

 

If people are not walking with God, if people have some other influence, some other experience other than Jesus leading and guiding them. Something other than the Word of God woven into their Christianity they have the counsel of the ungodly in their life, and are walking in the counsel of ungodly people.

 

You want to be blessed? Walk with God, walk in His counsel.

 

Ungodly… anything other than you and the Lord and the counsel of His Word for your counsel.

 

Ungodly… those who leave God out of their counsel. They have nothing to offer man in the search of happiness.

 

The second thing we see blessed people not doing…

 

2. Also from Verse 1 “Nor stands in the path of sinners”  

 

2. “Nor stands in the path of sinners.” You are not standing in the way of sinners. You are not found in locations that are sinful or disgraceful to God. Not watching things…

 

You can see the progression… Walking… Standing…

 

Its been well said, “Tell me who your friends are and I can tell you where you will be five years from now.”

 

The sinner has nothing to offer us in our pursuit of happiness.  

 

What locations could that mean in our culture or society? Places we need to avoid.

 

Sin City… What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

Are there certain movies that we can watch that would entice us to sin against God?

Movies and television programs that mock God and glamorize lifestyles that He calls an abomination?  

 

Realize this today. There are two things you have power over right now that we see from Psalm 1:1. You can say today, I’m not going to do this any longer. You have a lot of power the devil doesn’t want you to know you have. You have power to live a blessed life. The devil wants you to live under his influence so he seeks to keep you from the Word of God.

 

The third thing we see that we can do to be blessed by not doing,

 

Verse 1  “Nor sits in the seat of the scornful”

 

3. “Nor sits in the seat of the scornful”.  In 2 Thessalonians the apostle Paul taught us we are not to look at the brother who is “caught in sin” as the enemy. We are instead to admonish them as a brother them through love.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:11-15 (NKJV)

11  For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.

12  Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

13  But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

14  And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.

15  Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 

They scorn God, His holiness, His ways. His people.

 

What are you opening your heart and mind too that are scorning God?

 

The righteous man or the blessed man will not sit in the seat of the scornful. They won’t jump on the band wagon on putting others down.

 

Look at what the righteous do…

 

 

3 things we can begin to put into practice today to be blessed.

 

1. I don’t want to scorn people, I don’t want to criticize them. I don’t want to judge them. I commit them to you, you are the righteous judge. Help me not stand in the way of the scornful. Forgive me for being a scornful person, talking about, talking negative about, talking down about people. Judge not and you will not be judged.

 

2. I standing in the way of sinners…

 

3. There people in my life, there are things in my life that give ungodly counsel. There counsel doesn’t include the counsel of God. Their counsel is what drives you away from God.




In the book of Acts tells us the city renounced their witchcraft and burnt these things. Todays value would be something like, silver, $200,000  

 

I don’t want to be

 

Don’t see yourself better than, not above, but walking in brings with it the blessing of obedience.

 

The next prayer the godly will pray…



Verse 2. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”  

 

God help me delight in You!

 

We delight in a lot of things.

 

If personal pleasure is the only thing that brings us happiness we are self centered.

If being with family and friends brings you your happiness thats better than personal pleasure but it still falls short.

 

The righteous mediate on God’s Word. He ponders the Word of God. He thinks about the Word of God.

 

In Eastern meditation the goal is to empty the mind… Thats a dangerous thing… Yoga isn’t exercise, its a form of

 

Christian meditation is to fill your mind with the Word of God. To think about every word, every phrase.

 

Seek to be the blessed man… Think about the Word of God.

 

Many people read the Bible but they don’t study the Bible. Its not just reading it… Its digesting it…

 

Don’t just chew, swallow…

 

Martin Luther once said, “I could not live in paradise without the Word of God but I could live well enough in hell with it.”

 

We all have some supreme pleasure. God wants to fill your heart with the best things. If we don’t fill it with the best things it will get filled with lesser things.

 

How much do you hunger for God’s Word.  

 

Am I meditating on the law of the Lord? If I am delighting I am doing it.

 

We all do what we delight in.

 

Desire, discipline, delight.

 

The righteous man only thinks about God’s Word twice a day, Day time and night time…



Verse 3 tells us what happens to us when we delight in God?

 

First, he shall be like a tree Planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in its season.

 

Verse 3. “He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”  

 

Deep roots. If you are not in the Word you are not planted in the right spot you and you won’t bear fruit in your season. The Word provides for us a fresh water source.

 

If we don’t have a fresh water source eventually we will die of lack of water…

 

Eventually instead of bearing fruit we will become people who

 

Who walk in the counsel of the ungodly as we all get our direction from somewhere, who stands in the path of sinners who end up in all kinds of places and situations that no longer honor God, and those who sit in the seat of the scornful, we become negative and judgmental towards other people.

 

The fruit comes naturally because its planted by streams of living water.

 

Jesus will cause us to bear fruit… John 15:16 (NKJV) “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”



Bear fruit in your season… Be patient!

 

There are no barren fruit trees in God’s orchard. Yet every tree only bears fruit in its season.

 

Second… the man or woman who is delighting themselves in the Lord will also experience…   

 

Verse 3, “Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”

 

No matter what happens in their life they don’t wither.

 

And whatever he does shall not prosper

 

When we run our own life we shall not prosper.

 

We need the wisdom of God.

 

The Pslamist parallels the godly to the ungodly…

 

4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

 

The opposite of the godly.

 

This speaks of the present condition of the unrighteous.

 

The chaff is the light shell that covers the grain and has to be stripped away. It has no weight or substance to it. Its vulnerable to every wind. Throw it in the air after its crushed and the breeze would blow away the chaff… It has no substance and is worthless… That is the life of the ungodly…

 

Fads come and go… How about all the things that have come and gone in this world. Victims of the wisdom of man…

 

We have been the chaff… not planted, the first breeze that comes along just blows you away. There is no root. Here today, gone tomorrow.

 

How will people change without a model? How will they hear without a preacher? When was the last time you invited someone to church? To a Connect group?

 

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

 

This speaks of the future of the unrighteous. They will be found lacking… They sense they don’t belong if they remain a sinner. We want sinners to be welcomed but they realize they need to change… They desire to stand in the congregation of the righteous, to live a holy life.



6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

God knows the way of the righteous. They will stand… Their life will be blessed. They will have peace because God is knowing the way, its a continual thing…

 

The ungodly are lacking a foundation and they will ultimately be blown away until one day they are gathered and burned up. They are on the broad road..

 

God has a lot for you if you will stand for righteousness, if you will choose the way of the godly… The light is there, its just being hidden by debris

 

Christianity is called the way… 4 times in the the Book of Acts…

 

If people followed you for 24 hours a day for just 1 week would your life lead them in the way of righteous or the way of the unrighteous?

 

If you were on trial today for being a Christian is there enough evidence to convict you?

 

Psalm 119:9-11 (NKJV)

9  How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.

10  With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

11  Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

 

 

 

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