A Life of Worship (Psalm 1)

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

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. (Psalm 1:3)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  (Romans 8:28)

OPENING THOUGHT

For all of humanity, life is worship. Every action, every breath, every word spoken all either worship God or worship something or someone else. There is no in between. We were created to be creatures of worship, and we never cease to adore and honor the object of our worship.

The first psalm in the Bible illustrates this idea well. It describes two types of people in the world: the righteous and the wicked (or we might also say, those who follow God and those who do not). We are told that the righteous are known and blessed by the LORD, while the wicked are destined for destruction and judgment. Obviously, we should aim to be counted among the righteous. But how do we know that we are one of the righteous? The psalmist urges us to look at the person’s lifestyle. Those who are blessed by God will be known for delighting in the Word of God and meditating upon it day and night.

This psalm places great emphasis upon how we ought to live our lives. Will we be known for only spending time with and taking counsel from people who reject the LORD? Or will we be known for being men and women who delight in the Scriptures? Worship and our daily life are intricately connected because we give time to that which we adore and esteem. If we love the counsel of the ungodly, we will give our time to them. If we love God, we will then delight in His Word.

Read verses 1-2 and discuss the following.

  1. The psalm states that the blessed man (aka the follower of the LORD) does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, does not stands in the way of the sinner, nor sits in the seat of the scoffer. Why is it unwise for Christians to constantly take advice from non-Christians? What are some avenues in your life (such as television or music) through which you might receive ungodly counsel?
  2. Next, we are told that the blessed man delights in the God’s law and meditates on it day and night. Do you delight in reading the Bible? Do you meditate (or think deeply) about the Scriptures day and night?

Read verses 3-4 and discuss the following.

  1. The psalm continues to differ between the righteous and the wicked by describing both. The righteous are likened to firmly planted trees that bear fruit and do not wither away, while the wicked are like chaff that blow away with the wind. What makes the Christian able to stand firm regardless of life’s circumstances?

Read verses 5-6 and discuss the following.

  1. The psalmist concludes that the wicked will not stand in the judgment or the congregation of the righteous. Both of these likely refer to the final judgment and the communion of the saints in heaven. How is church today a picture of how heaven will be? Why would the wicked not enjoy heaven even if God allowed them to enter?

ACTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Commit to memorizing at least verse two of this psalm. Try to think about it throughout the week, praying for the LORD to give you delight for His Word and for help to meditate upon it.
  • Consider the ungodly counsel that you receive daily and how you can more predominantly rely upon the Word of God.
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