January 2, 2019

Psalms 1-2


Key Verses for Today:  Psalms 1:1-3


The Book of Psalms was written by many authors, the most prolific being King David credited with writing 77 chapters of the 150 chapters that comprise the book, over a period of 1,000 years.  Psalms is a book of 150 Hebrew lyric poems.  Hebrew lyric poetry does not rhyme, it is not intended to, its rhyme pattern comes from its arrangement of thought patterns which express the emotion of the writer.  Hebrew lyric poetry is expression of the deep emotion the writer  is experiencing.  Chapter one of our reading for today is an “Ethical Psalm.” As we work our way through the Book of Psalms over the course of this year, 2019, don’t lose sight of the fact that some of the most intense, and definitely most important, moments in the history of our world is being shared with you through the Psalms by an individual who is a participant - not an after-the-fact historian.  These men were close to and cherished their relationship with God.  They are baring more than emotion.  They are baring their souls.  From Moses to David the Psalms are like a look into their personal diary (journal).  This is a real deal look at the writers! The People who played an intimate role in shaping our world!

    Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

    or sit in the company of mockers,

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.


As we progress through the Psalms we will share in discovered wisdom, praise, and sorrow of the writer of each individual Psalm.  The reading for today, although quite short in length instructs us to study, mediate, and apply the words of the Bible to the life we live.  The reading also cautions us to be shun the ways of the wicked.  The temporal rewards of wickedness to the eternal rewards of living a Godly life.


If you happen to be keeping a journal consider this as an approach to or an addition to the way you are going to journal the Book of Psalms.  Write you emotions as they relate to the central theme of the Psalm lesson for that day.  That! Wow! That could be interesting reading at the conclusion of this year long journey through the Bible.