Planted by the Rivers (Psalm 1) - 5/17/20
-What is required for one to live a “blessed” life? How do we become “planted by the rivers of water,” safe and secure in our walk of faith?
-It takes three things ... separation, preparation, and expectation.
I. THE SAINT is...
1. SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD (v. 1) -
There are three things that demonstrate one’s separation from the world and to God. The Saint... a. REJECTS WORLDLY COUNSEL - does not LISTEN to world's advice. b. REFUSES WICKED CONDUCT - does not LINGER with the world. c. REMOVES HIMSELF FROM WILLFUL CONDEMNERS -
does not LIVE with or in the world. 2. SATISFIED WITH THE WORD (v. 2) -
There are two things required in preparation to be planted ... a. DELIGHT IN THE WORD
b. DEVOTION TO THE WORD
And therefore is... 3. SECURED FROM WORRY (v. 3) -
If we separate from the world and are satisfied with the Word,
we can expect security from worry. a. Planted like a Tree b. Brings forth Spiritual Fruit c. Its leaf does not whither - serving by spiritual gifts
II. THE SINNER - in contrast is:
1. DRIVEN TO WORLDLINESS (V. 4) 2. DOOMED BY THE WORD (v. 5) 3. DAMNED BY HIS WAYS (v. 6)
Questions for further study:
How do demonstrate that you are separated from the world?
Do you spend more time listening to the message of the world or the message of the Word?
What is the correction when you realize you are being wrongly influenced by ungodly people, persuasions and power?
What does it mean to you to “delight in the law of the Lord?”
What does it mean to you to meditate in the law of the Lord day and night?
What does v. 3 mean, “And whatever he does shall prosper?”
Which best represents you, the Saint or the sinner?