Israel's songbook opens with an eternal message...
"Live by God's word and be blessed!"
The Psalms, or "Praises" in Hebrew: What a treasury of music and prayers! One of my personal dreams about going to heaven is being able to ask and learn what the actual music of the Psalms was originally. With the words being inspired, I wonder how beautiful the music was. Perhaps the music was intentionally simple to focus listeners' attention to the Lord's lyrics.
Could you imagine if our "Songs of the Kingdom" was actually God-breathed scripture for us to sing!? That's what the Psalms were for Israel. And God intended for his songs to be sung! If you meditate on Ephesians 5:19 or Colossians 3:16, you will realize he still wants us to sing his lyrics today! That directive moved me to begin some composing of "Expository Singing" based on the Psalms - God's songbook. (See links below for the music)
Just as Expository Preaching exposes the meaning of God's word, why not expose God's word in song?
And how does God start his songbook in Psalm 1?
It's all about the sufficiency of Scripture. The living and active transforming power of God's word is documented within this short song.
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
One of the closest words in English to "bless" is "bliss".The Psalm is going to show us how to find "inexpressible and glorious joy" which we receive from the salvation of our souls. (1Peter 1:8) In scripture, "Blessed" does not mean we will automatically feel or experience bliss all the time - but it does mean, that with God, we will always have some kind of reason to be happy in any circumstance! Study the beatitudes for more on that.
According to Psalm 1, we are not blessed by loving the world or walking, standing or sitting down in its ways. But...
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Our joy comes from meditating on God's perfect word - his law. ("Torah" in Hebrew "divine teaching" ) In scripture, "MEDITATE" is very different from what the world teaches. The world teaches "empty your mind" and focus on your inner resonance. God teaches, "be filled with the Spirit." "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." God's words are "to be on your hearts, impress them on your children."
James said, "the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does." James 1:25
The Psalmist simply said we should contemplate God's law "Day & Night." Where else will we find a source of truth, joy, light, direction, wisdom and life other than in God's word? Next, we see the results...
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Verse 4 - 6
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.Psalm 1 Recording in Four Parts - Click here
Sheet Music Click here