2, Moody Press, Chicago, 1980, p. 766. Unbelievers are separated from believers and the believers go into the Millennium. As a result of God’s judgment at the Great White Throne, sinners, those without the righteousness of Christ, will be excluded from the eternal blessings of God’s presence to be enjoyed by all those who stand in relation to God by faith in Christ. They fall short. (2) It also pictures the concept of growth and time. Useful if you want to create a direct download link, embed in your own player, post from another publishing engine, link to from Patreon, etc. It is an examination for rewards or loss of rewards in heaven, i.e., forfeiture of privileges of service (Rom. It connotes movement toward the formation of habits or patterns. The participle stresses continual action. 22:11-13). You are viewed as in a confederacy with them. The Old Testament spoke of the time of the Tribulation (the time of Jacob’s trouble or Daniel’s 70th week), of a last judgment, and of the gathering of the righteous before God. It follows the thousand-year reign of Christ and pertains only to unbelievers. “In the counsel.” “Counsel” is the Hebrew [email protected]>h which means, “purpose, plan, resolution of the will,” or “deliberation, viewpoint, way of thinking.” It refers to a mental attitude, a state of mind, or viewpoint that determines the decisions that we make. Compare Lot in Genesis 13:10f. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/3. 17:6). By-in-large, people of the Word will gain the capacity to be wise and stable in areas such as their business or the office which could mean promotions or higher profits. 4:2). 4:14-20; John 4:37-38). 3:12, “delightful land”). “In every experience of our own, no matter how deep the pain or how great the frustration or how exhilarating the joy, we can find psalms which echo our inmost being, psalms which God uses to bring comfort or to confirm release.”1. If you are interested there is a thorough study on this subject entitled, Bibliology: The Doctrine of the Written Word available on the Biblical Studies Foundation web site at www.bible.org in the theology section. 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 29:18). “He meditates” is an imperfect tense of habitual action. Wisdom from the Psalms 1/1. According to Scripture, everything in the church is to flow from and around this emphasis and activity. 6:32; John 15:1f). Note, “how blessed is the man who …” The article specifies a certain kind of man, “the man who obeys the actions of this passage.”. 138:2). Blessing is pronounced, but only on those who comply with certain divine demands or spiritual qualities. We must choose to live not in the counsel of the ungodly (as verse 2 shows us), but live by the streams of water, the Word and God’s provision for learning it. 78: No. From this retrogressive process, it is easy to see that people simply do not remain passive about God. “Of the Lord.” yahweh is a genitive of source, i.e., the law or Scripture which comes from the LORD. (3) Then there is the contrast between the results of the two ways of life; the godly are stable and fruitful, but the ungodly are unstable and face sure judgment. This is the message of this Psalm. Yet, this is the one quality which is of single importance. I’m afraid this is the state of the majority—even of the majority of the church. “For by him all things were created…all things were created through him and for him. The man of blessedness chooses to direct his life by God’s plan according to His inspired and inerrant Word. It means: (a) a seat, a place of sitting, or (b) an assembly where many are gathered together to sit and make deals or have close associations. They have completely different sources for living, different purposes, different character, and very different results both temporally and eternally. It needs the Bible! (b) By indifference. 6:4f; 1 Cor. For many of them the answer is yes, but their time in church did nothing to build them in the Scripture. Blessedness is a choice, but to be blessed, one must by faith obey the conditions; he must pursue the way of blessedness as described in this Psalm. 13:24-42). Our word P#l#G refers to canals or water courses provided for irrigation. That is a law of life. It means immoral and without godly restraint or controls. I would emphasize how remarkable this is. In this first volume of a three-volume commentary on the book of Psalms, Old Testament scholar John Goldingay provides a lucid introduction to the Psalter and fresh commentary on Psalms 1–41. They need to be preaching and teaching the Scripture. 6:19-24). Welcome to Spoken Gospel. (2) One’s level of maturity (1 John 2:12, 13; Heb. It’s the picture of mental, emotional, and spiritual stability in every kind of situation (see Phil. “Transplanted” is a passive participle. Prov. 4:17f). And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17). 8:1; John 5:24; Rom. Welcome to Spoken Gospel. But does God really mean this? Let me close with this interesting illustration of the power of the Word. Of course, but this is not a blank check to be filled in as we want. We never stand still! 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