Its Leaf Does Not Wither | Psalm 1:3

and its leaf does not wither. Psalm 1:3 ESV As we continue to meditate through Psalm 1, we reach the third and final metaphorical description of the blessed man’ tree-likeness: and its leaf does not wither. As we have seen, the comparison of God’s people to a tree is meant to convey steadfastness that, although …

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The Seat of Scoffers | Psalm 1:1

nor sits in the seat of scoffers Psalm 1:1 ESV The first verse of Psalm 1 concludes with a third description of the blessed man by way of negation. Those who walk in the favor of the LORD do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor do they stand in the way of …

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The Way of Sinners | Psalm 1:1

nor stands in the way of sinners Psalm 1:1 ESV As we have noted, this first verse of Psalm 1 gives us a picture of the blessed man by way of negation, stating what he is not like. It then began by saying that he does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, meaning …

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Blessed Is the Man | Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man… Psalm 1:1 ESV Psalm 1 is the prelude, the opening doxology, to the rest of the Psalter, and it describes a theme that runs throughout the Bible. Genesis 2-3 describes this theme as the choice between the words of God or of Satan. Proverbs calls it the choice between wisdom or …

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Deal Bountifully with Your Servant | Psalm 119:17

Deal bountifully with your servant,that I may live and keep your word. Psalm 119:17 ESV With this verse, we begin Psalm 119’s third stanza, which is titled gimel because each verse begins that Hebrew letter. Like Beth (verses 9-16), Gimel (verses 17-24) continues the psalmist’s prayer for God’s instructing grace to guard him, while also …

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Teach Me Your Statutes! | Psalm 119:12

Blessed are you, O LORD;teach me your statutes! Psalm 119:12 ESV As verse 11 paralleled with verse 9 by both expressing the necessity of God’s Word in order to fight against our sin, verse 12 also parallels verse 10 by crying out to God for His help. Thus, the first four verses of this stanza …

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Oh That My Ways May Be Steadfast! | Psalm 119:5

Oh that my ways may be steadfastin keeping your statutes! Psalm 119:5 ESV The blessed, those whom God favors, walk in God’s ways, keeping His testimonies and remaining blameless in all things. Because God desires us to keep to this path of blessedness, the psalmist acknowledged to the LORD, “You have commanded your precepts to …

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Kept Diligently | Psalm 119:4

You have commanded your preceptsto be kept diligently. Psalm 119:4 ESV The psalmist has already pronounced to us that a defining quality of the blessed is that keeping the LORD’s testimonies, which are the revelations that He has made regarding Himself. Now after three verses of beatitudes describing the person who walks in the way …

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Blessed Are Those (III) | Psalm 119:3

who also do no wrong,but who walk in his ways! Psalm 119:3 ESV The word also reminds us that we are continuing the thought of verse 2: Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart. To keep the LORD’s testimonies, to hold onto them with all one’s might, seeking …

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Blessed Are Those (II) | Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,who seek him with their whole heart, Psalm 119:2 ESV Blessed are those who both keep and seek. Both actions are decidedly fixed upon the LORD Himself. His testimonies are what He has testified to us about Himself. He is the God who speaks, who reveals Himself to His …

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