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Psalm 1:3 - He is like a tree...

Nahum O'Brien on February 9, 2018

Now, as we said before, the psalmist is contrasting the righteous and the wicked. So far, the psalmist has been describing the righteous. In doing so, he has been inversely describing the wicked. That which the righteous man does not, the wicked man does. For example, the righteous walks not in the counsel of the wicked. Inversely, the wicked walks in the counsel of the wicked. The wicked man stands in the way of sinners and eventually sits in the seat of scoffers. The progression from wicked to scoffers describes the progression of the wicked man. Additionally, that which the...

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Psalm 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the LORD

Nahum O'Brien on February 7, 2018

First the psalmist described the righteous man by what he does NOT. Now the psalmist describes the righteous man in terms of what he DOES. The righteous man delights in the law of the LORD. This is to say the righteous man finds pleasure in the law of the LORD. He desires and finds his happiness in the law of the LORD. Instead of finding pleasure in sin, he finds pleasure in the truth of God’s word. He desires to become more and more acquainted with it. He desires to be in the Word of God both day and night. ...

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Psalm 1:1 - ...who walks not...

Nahum O'Brien on January 31, 2018

Blessed is the man who “walks not in the counsel of the wicked.” This is the first of three things the psalmist says righteous man does not do. What does it mean to walk not in the counsel of the wicked. The use of the word “walk” here denotes a way of life or conduct. It is that which distinguishes a man or his course in life. Therefore, to say that he “walks not” in the counsel of the wicked, is to say that his lifestyle is not one that is influenced by the counsel of the wicked. “Counsel” here...

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Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man...

Nahum O'Brien on January 30, 2018

Let us now look at our text. In Psalm 1 you will find a contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Also, you will find the way of the righteous contrasted with the way of the wicked. Psalm 1 is divided into three sections. The first section, verses 1-2, deals with the company the righteous and the wicked keep and the counsel they seek out. In the second section, verses 3-4, we will see an intimate description of the righteous and the wicked. The third section, verses 5-6, will reveal their standing or relationship before God on the day of...

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Psalm 1 - An Introduction

Nahum O'Brien on December 21, 2017

  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; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And on his law he meditates day and night.   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. The wicked are not so, But are like chaff that the wind drives away.   Therefore the wicked will not stand in...

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