“Coram Deo” Sermon on Psalm 1

Posted: June 16, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Psalms, Sermons

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6.14.09 Liturgy:

–      Silent heart preparation

–      Opening prayer

–      Worship in song

–      Testimonials, words of exhortation from god’s people

–      Corporate Prayer

–      Teaching: Psalm 1

–      Closing Song

Psalm 1 – “Fruitful Trees vs. Useless Chaff”

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Psalm 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:3 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 1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
Psalm 1:6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

This first psalm is intersteingly a “beatitude”, a declaration of blessing. It also sets the framework for the rest of the Psalter. There are two ways to live, two types of people, two destinies. All of it is summed up briefly in this first psalm.

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

–          Separated from the World (1)

–          Saturated with the Word (2)

–          Situated by the Waters (3)

The Person God Judges (4-6)

–          Chaff (4)

–          Collapse (5)

–          Cursed (6)

The Person God Blesses (1-3)

Separated from the World (1)

  • Christian life is compared to a walk (Eph 4.1). We are to walk after our Lord. Jesus recruited some of his disciples with the words, “Follow Me”. He also applies this idea of following to all of us:
    • Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  • We are told that there are two paths to follow:
    • Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
  • In order to please our Lord, we must watch:
    • who we “walk” with
      • Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    • Who we “stand” with
      • “nor stands in the way of sinners, “
    • Who we “sit” with
      • “nor sits in the seat of scoffers”
    • Notice downward progression of sin…walking, standing, sitting
      • 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

      Saturated with the Word (2)

  • Psalm 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
    • Rather than delighting in sin and filling one’s mind with Godless counsel, the Godly delight in God’s Word and fills his mind and heart with it day and night.
      • Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
      • Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
      • Early believers devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching (Acts 2.42)

    Situated by the Waters (3)

  • Psalm 1:3 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.
    • Similar passage:
    • Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
      Jeremiah 17:8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
    • Tree –
      • must have strong roots in order to produce fruit…it is said that Christians are more concerned with their “fruit” than their “roots”. Roots are usually unseen, but the foundation of the tree, so also I think that private prayer and Bible reading act much like roots in our own lives.
    • Streams of Water-
      • Jesus is the water that given to us. The Holy Spirit is also called the water that is given to us.
    • Yields its fruit –
      • Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
        Galatians 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
        Galatians 5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
        Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
    • Prospers –
      • The Godly will prosper…God does promise temporal blessings that are proverbially promised, meaning that there are exceptions, but generally the Godly should prosper physically, but will always certainly prosper spiritually.

      The Person God Judges (4-6)

      Chaff (4)

  • Psalm 1:4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
    • Simile that contrasts the tree that is the righteous
    • John the Baptist spoke of Jesus’ work of judgment:
      • Matthew 3:10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
        Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
        Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
    • Jesus, in John 15, speaks of being the vine and removing branches that fail to produce fruit. We must abide in Him. Fruitless branches are worthless branches.

Collapse (5)

  • Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    • The wicked will fall in judgment and be unable to join the congregation of the righteous

Cursed (6)

Psalm 1:6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

  • The righteous will be remembered. They will be “known” by our Saviour. The wicked will not.
    • Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
      Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
      Matthew 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

      • The wicked will perish.

Closing:

We must walk on the narrow path, daily consume His Word, be watered and bear fruit…we must avoid walking with, standing with, and sitting with the wicked – or else we will be like fruitless branches, like chaff, face eternal death.

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