Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 11:18 AM
Part 3 in a 4-part series.
As we have previously discussed, the first two verses of Psalm 1 lay out certain characteristics and life choices that will lead down two very different ways / paths. Psalm 1:1 lays out the behaviours, paths, and choices that the “blessed” one does NOT follow after, while Psalm 1:2 outlines the choices and duties of the one who is and will be “blessed.” In our final two studies we will briefly discuss what Psalm 1 states will...
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 06:18 PM
Part 2 of a 2-part series (read part 1 here)
Psalm 1:2 now tells the righteous person what habits lead to the “blessed” (or fortunate) life. The righteous person “delights in the (instruction) of the LORD” and “(chews) on it day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
Delighting in and Chewing on the “law” – Psalm 1:2
In most translations (and likely the one you own and read) Psalm 1:2 has the word “law.” As in “delights in the (law) of the Lord” and “meditates on the (law).”...
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 04:16 PM
Part 1 of a 4-part series
Psalm 1 is one of my favorite Psalms. Maybe even my favorite. It is simple, straightforward, artistically structured and easily applicable to the Christian life. It sets forth two paths and the required actions which will lead to either fate. Psalm 1 is referred to as an “instructional” Psalm, or more specifically a “Torah” Psalm. It is called “instructional” precisely because it dictates the instructions that will lead one either on...
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 08:30 AM
In the first chapter of the book of Zechariah, the prophet sees two visions concerning the present and future of God’s people. Now, presently, God’s people have returned to their land and are in the process of rebuilding the Lord’s temple (Read Haggai 1–2). However, they are still recovering over the utter shock of being exiled into the land of Babylon. The shock of having been homeless, templeless, and in some ways even thinking that God had abandoned them; or worse, thinking God had...
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 08:00 AM
“To worship is to remember who owns the house.”
A good friend of mine has a t-shirt that he wears All. The. Time. I mean all the time. It is a black t-shirt with a picture of a guy on his knees jamming away on an electric guitar with a monitor behind him blasting out the sound. Above this picture, in bold print, are the words “worship at full volume.” I like the shirt, and I get the message it is sending, but that message could be misleading. According to this t-shirt...