Psalm 1 - Happy is the man who walks not in
Instruction for the beginning of the Christian life, which we never outgrow the need for:
How blessed to make a clearance of the past and of relationships leading away from loving the Lord first, and to delight yourself day and night in the Lord's word!
The actions in vv1-2 are all concurrent because all the and's in these verses are prefixed to nouns.
1. does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
2. in the way of sinners does not stand
3. in the seat of the scorners does not sit
4. Rather in the law of the LORD is his delight
5. and in His law he meditates day and night
An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate. - Charles Stanley
Then verse 3 begins with an "and" prefixed to the verb "become". This is called a vav-consecutive, and means that this action comes after the previous action. As a result of the 5 actions in vv1-2, we become like a tree planted by streams of water with 3 concurrent resulting actions:
1. He bears his fruit in its season
2. His leaf does not wilt.
3. All he does he brings to a successful conclusion.
He is like a tree planted, not a wild tree. His life is ordered by God. - Grant Luton
I like to recite Psalms at night upon my bed, especially if I can't sleep.
1 1 Happy the man who walks not in
the world's counsel of sin (1),
nor standeth in the sinners' way,
nor with the scornful stays.
2 Rather delights he in the law
of God, and while in awe (4)
meditates he both day and night.
His mind's being made right.(2)
2 3 Therefore shall he be like a tree
planted by water streams,
that in his season bears his fruit,
and his leaf does not wilt,
and all he does, he shall complete.
4 Not so with the wicked,
because they like the chaff of sin
about are tossed by wind.
3 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand
in God's judgment of man,
nor sinners in the assembly
of those living righteously,
6 for the Lord is knowing the way
of the righteous every day,
but the way of all the rotten (3)
shall go to destruction.
1. Lit. counsel of the wicked
2. Rom. 12:2
3. Lit. wicked
4. Lit. law of the Lord
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4/23/09 Steve Miller revised