Meditates Day and Night (Psalm 1)

Meditates Day and Night (Psalm 1)


  • The Psalms:
    • Combine theology with personal biography.
    • Express every human emotion > the antidote to intellectual formalism.
    • They move us from Trust > Obedience > Praise.
  • Psalm 1 teaches us how we are to offer our praise to God.

Read Psalm 1

  • The pursuit of happiness drives everyone.
  • No one has said it more succinctly, clearly and repeatedly than John Piper:

“God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.”

  • Where am I finding satisfaction?
  • Our happiness in this life and in the life to come is directly tied to our love of God’s Word.

The Way of Life (1-3)

  • A1 Earthly Distinctiveness (v 1): Walks > Stands > Sits implies the progression of comfort with wickedness. The way of blessedness begins by cutting ourselves off from the path leading us to destruction. Likewise, there appears to be a progression in the terms (Kidner):
    • Counsel > Thinking.
    • Way > Behaving.
    • Seat > Belonging.
  • Depicts departing from God and conforming to this world.

So how does the godly person prevent this process from developing in their lives?

  • B1 Continuance (v 2): Meditating on God’s Word day and night! “Law” = Whole counsel of God’s Word.
  • Our counsel comes from God, not the world. Scripture determines our behavior, not the wicked. The Bible determines for us where we ought to find our deepest fellowship.
  • The same Hebrew word translated “meditate” is translated “plot” in (2:1). Our worldview determines our lifestyle.
  • Plumer, “No man can really perceive beauty without being affected by it.”
  • C1 Security (v 3): The metaphor in this verse is that of a thriving fruit tree planted by streams of flowing water. This tree’s leaves never dry out and it will never stop bearing its fruit at the proper time.
  • Such is the one who meditates upon the law of God day and night.
  • Spiritual security and prosperity accompany him.

The psalmist transitions from the characteristics of the righteous to those of the wicked.

The Way of Death (4-6)

  • C2 Insecurity (v 4): Worse than a dead tree, the wicked are like weightless chaff driven away by the wind.
  • What is chaff?
    • Oxen threshed the grain (separating the grain from the husk).
    • Fling the grain into the air so the chaff would be blown away.
  • It is inedible, worthless. No root, fruit, or security.
  • August Tholuck, “He who has nothing sure in heaven, cannot have anything firm on earth.”
  • B2 No Continuance (v 5): Incapable of standing on the day of judgment – cast out from the congregation of the righteous (those right with God).
  • This is a picture of the final judgment that awaits. There will be a separation between the sheep and the goats.
  • Who is singing this? The Church. We do the warning.
  • I’m convinced one of the reasons we become ineffective at reaching the lost is because we don’t really believe this.
  • A2 Eternal Distinction (v 6): The Lord “knows” in the sense that he cares about the righteous and what they are going through. The way of perishing. The opposite of being blessed.
  • We need to hear of the misery of living a life of wickedness lest we become tempted, or indifferent.
  • Do we consider that coming day of separation? It is not something to take lightly.

There is an eternal separation coming.


  • The portrait of the righteous man is perfectly represented by Jesus Christ. And those who are united to him experience the delight that comes from obedience.
  • Waltke, “His gospel fulfills the righteousness of the law for the elect, and his Spirit writes the law upon their hearts.”
  • Part of what we do whenever we take the Lord’s Supper is examine the state of our own hearts.
  • Tonight, it would be good to ask whether we are currently living in the way of the righteous or the wicked.