Create in Me a Clean Heart | Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God,and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 ESV Sin is the great downfall of mankind. From the moment of Adam’s first sin, we have been perpetually under the wicked influence of this monster. Since sin is truly treason against the Divine, we should have nothing more to expect from …

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Your Rules from of Old | Psalm 119:52

When I think of your rules from of old,I take comfort, O LORD. Psalm 119:52 ESV In general, our roots are shallow. How many know the names of their great-great-grandparents? How many walk about with a knowledge of family history and the weight of a family legacy? In the modern West, we tend to live …

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Chosen to Proclaim | 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 ESV Peter’s first epistle is filled with hope to a persecuted people. Throughout the letter, the …

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The LORD Knows | Psalm 1:6

for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,but the way of wicked will perish. Psalm 1:6 ESV After all has been said in the first five verses of Psalm 1, this sixth and final verse gives us the fitting concluding contrast between the blessed and the wicked. The blessed, here synonymously called the righteous …

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Nor Sinners in the Congregation of the Righteous | Psalm 1:5

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous Psalm 1:5 ESV In the first part of this verse, the psalmist made the declaration that the wicked will not stand in the judgment. Like chaff that the wind drives away, they will be driven away from the presence of the Holy One on the final day. …

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The Wicked Will Not Stand | Psalm 1:5

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment Psalm 1:5 ESV After giving a three-verse portrait of the blessed, the psalmist gave a terse contrasting image of the wicked. Unlike the blessed, they do not delight in and meditate upon God's Word; thus, they are not rooted in eternal truth like trees beside streams …

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Like Chaff That the Wind Drives Away | Psalm 1:4

but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4 ESV After three verses of describing the blessed man, verse 4 then presented us with this psalm’s great contrast by simply declaring, the wicked are not so. When reading each characteristic of the blessed man, we can simultaneously understand that the wicked are not …

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In All That He Does, He Prospers | Psalm 1:3

In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 ESV After describing how the blessed man is like a tree, the psalmist concludes verse 3 with this simple declaration: In all that he does, he prospers. This can easily be read as a sort of summary statement of everything that has come before it. A …

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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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That Yields Its Fruit | Psalm 1:3

that yields its fruit in its season Psalm 1:3 ESV The blessed man, the psalmist says, is like a tree. He is strong and enduring because he is planted beside streams of water that nourish his growth, which are the Scriptures in the life of the Christian. We now move on to the second description …

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