Today you should read: Psalm 1
We’re so excited about starting the book of Psalms today! This new book will take us on a devotional journey through the summer. I truly believe that “There is a Psalm for every sigh of the heart” (Donald Whitney), thus, this book is ideal for us to go through as a church.
When we’re up, it rejoices with us.
When we’re down, it comforts and empathizes.
When we’re confused, it looks to the only wise God for help.
No matter where you are right now in your Christian faith, this journey will bless your soul.
As we kick off, here are two great introductions to the book of Psalms, one from the NLT Study Bible and the other from the ESV Study Bible. These really set a great trajectory for what we’ll be diving into:
“The Lord Jesus and the apostles loved the book of Psalms and quoted from it; beyond that, they lived out of it. These ancient prayers and praises of Israel are also God’s inspired word. The psalms provide a bridge to cross between the Old and New Testaments, and the themes addressed in the psalms find further development in the NT. Jesus connects with the dynasty of David in its mission, its disappointments, and its failures. Where David’s dynasty has failed, Jesus gives hope. His sinlessness, his identification with the suffering of the members of David’s dynasty, his perfect obedience, and his exaltation open up new perspectives on the many questions raised in the Psalter. Yet we are still living by faith; the hope of the book of Psalms, that God’s people will completely fulfill his purposes and that all nations will submit to the Messiah, still remains for the future (see 1 Corinthians 15:25-27).” — NLT Study Bible
The ESV’s introduction ties specifically to what we’re looking at today: Psalm 1. Check it out:
“The first psalm serves as the gateway into the entire book of Psalms, stressing that those who would worship God genuinely must embrace his Law (or Torah), i.e., his covenant instruction. This psalm takes topics found in wisdom literature such as Proverbs and makes them the subject of song; the purpose is that those who sing the psalm will own its values—namely, they will want more and more to be people who love the Torah, who believe it, who see themselves as the heirs and stewards of its story of redemption and hope, and who seek to carry out its moral requirements. They can delight in the idea of being among the “righteous,” feeling that nothing can compare with such blessedness. By its sustained contrast, the psalm reminds readers that in the end there are really only two ways to live .” — ESV Study Bible
That final sentence says it all… there are really only two ways to live. That is the crux of the first Psalm, and essentially, the Bible. There is either hope in God through Christ, or there is the wicked path that leads to destruction. This Psalm must have been on Jesus’ mind when He compared the narrow gate and the wide gate.
Today, I want to pose a series of questions to make us all evaluate our current spiritual state:
1) Have you been following the advice of the wicked in your daily affairs?
2) Have you stood among sinners/joined with mockers lately?
3) Have you been delighting in God’s word? Or is your time with Him sporadic at best?
4) Are you trusting in the path that the Lord has laid out for you?
5) Are you bearing fruit and prospering in Christ?
6) Have you ever truly come into a relationship with Christ? Why not now?
If you’d be so bold, feel free to answer any of these in the comment section below. May the Lord bless you richly today.
Posted by: Todd Thomas