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The Function and Form of Psalm 1

The Function and Form of Psalm 1


Psalm 1:1-6
Excerpt
‎This psalm serves as an introduction, or prologue, to the collection of the Psalms in its final form. It is a teaching, or wisdom, psalm advising the readers to dedicate themselves to the study of the Law of God, the Torah, and warning them of the consequences if they don’t.

‎The psalm consists of two strophes. The first one (verses 1–3) describes the truly pious person, stating what he refuses to do (verse 1), what he does (verse 2), and then describing him as like a healthy tree (verse 3). The second strophe (verses 4–6) compares the evil person to chaff, which is blown away by the wind. Such a person will not share the future happiness of the righteous but will instead be destined to destruction.

Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms. New York: United Bible Societies, 1991. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Masada

Masada

‎Masada. The fortified cliff casts a dark shadow over the surroundings lit up by the merciless sun of the Judean desert. The shadow accents and sharpens the remains of the magnificent northern palace that Herod built for himself on Masada. From the rounded upper terrace of the palace we can see Ein Gedi and—on a clear day—the plain of Jericho.

Prosperity

Prosperity

Psalm 1:3

Excerpt
‎For all who take their delight in living by God’s Word, there is prosperity. Under the image of a fruitful tree, the psalmist declared that whatever the righteous do will prosper (cf. 92:12-14). Two qualifications need to be noted. First, the fruit, that is, the prosperity, is produced in its season and not necessarily immediately after planting. Second, what the godly person does will be controlled by the Law of God (1:2). So if a person meditates on God’s Word, his actions will be godly, and his God-controlled activities will prosper, that is, come to their divinely directed fulfillment.


Ross, Allen P. “Psalms.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 790. Print.

One Has Died For All

One Has Died For All

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‎How many people are covered by the “all”? Texts such as Col 1:20, which speaks of God reconciling “to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross,” and Rom 8:32 which affirms, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all,” suggest that God intended that the benefits of Christ’s death reach everyone (see alsoHeb 2:9; 1 John 2:2). The “all” would encompass all humanity. The benefits of Christ’s death are not limited to his fellow Jews but extend beyond accepted boundaries to include male and female, slave and free, Jew and Gentile. But those who stubbornly refuse to submit to Christ and rebuff God’s reconciliation choose to remain in condemnation. Consequently, only believers profit from Christ’s death.

Garland, David E. 2 Corinthians. Vol. 29. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999. Print. The New American Commentary.

Chaff

Chaff

Psalm 1:4

Excerpt
‎The ancient farmer crushed stalks of grain with a weighty, ox–drawn sled and then tossed them in the air. The lighter bits of straw and husks were blown away.
‎Chaff is a frequent symbol of the wicked. They are insubstantial and worthless, destined to be discarded by God.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

KJV Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From John 3:16 KJV Translation: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. NKJV Translation: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Prayer

Prayer By: Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy Lord, bless these your people with your divine protection. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Psalm 119:130King James Version

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 5
Patterns and Prophecies
Isaiah 9:1–10:19; Luke 3:1–38; Job 3:1–16

Luke sees the events surrounding Jesus’ life through the lens of Isaiah. For Luke, Jesus’ life is Isaiah’s prophecy made tangible and complete. Jesus is the anticipated Messiah, prophet, and savior. Even John the Baptist’s role in Jesus’ life is based on Isaiah’s prophesy. Luke repeats the metaphor of “the wilderness” from Isaiah—used by the prophet to describe the time when the Israelites would come out from their captivity in Babylon—to cast John the Baptist as a central figure in God’s work.

The wilderness metaphor doesn’t originate with Isaiah. He uses it to represent the second time God’s people entered the land He promised them (the term originally comes from the time when the Israelites roamed the wilderness after the exodus). Luke quotes Isaiah in casting John the Baptist as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight! Every valley will be filled, …