From Chuck Lane
Questions for The Book of Psalm
Calvary Christian Fellowship
1. Who is the Psalmist?
2. Who is the speaker(s)?
- The inspired Word.
3. Who is the audience?
- Mankind (after the giving of the Law.)
4. List those described in the Psalm? How are they described (adjectives used, actions given, consequences prescribed)? Examples from the Bible? Do you know people like this?
I. Practice (v. 1 & 2)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly; nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in th seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
- The blessed man (Christ as the last Adam is the epitome) does not receive counsel from the ungodly, standeth (still) in the way of sinners, (as opposed to doing something w/ sin), nor sit with scorners (atheists) . . .
- The ungodly. Those who leave God out, as opposed to glorifying Him. Hedonists, humanists, secularists, etc., etc.
- Sinners . “Good people.” They miss the mark. They don’t live as they should, but they rationalize it with the notion that it’s all relative. ( Prov. 14:12 ; Prov. 16:2 ; Isaiah 55:7 ; Isaiah 53:6 .)
- The scornful . Atheists. Not only do they deny God but hate Him and are antagonistic towards His Word. And they receive His judgment Proverbs 3:34
- The blessed man does delight in the law of the LORD, and meditates (“revisits” it) day and night. ( clean-up only leads to Luke 11:24-26JV ; meditation leads to blessing/happiness 1 John 5:3 ; we are not lawless Gal. 5:13 ; meditate, figurative language, chew the cud . . . lest we forget what we think we see at the mirror James 1:24 .
II. Power (v. 3)
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
- Blessed man is like “a tree planted by the rivers of water . . .”
- Rivers is hyperbole for abundance . . . “rivers of water” is the Word of God Isaiah 55:10-11 ; the Word is the fruit of the tree, such as sap Psalm 104:16 .
- A planted tree, not wild, as a picture of being born again ( Isaiah 61:3 )
- “bringeth forth his fruit in his season” ( salvation is of the LORD, our great commission as disciples is to teach Matthew 28:16-20 ; Romans 10:14-16 ; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
· His leaf also shall not wither . . . (“All God’s children are evergreens.”-- McGee)
- “whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Old Testament ( Genesis 39:3 ) vs New Testament ( John 11:26 ) “promises”; material blessings vs eternity in His presence)
III. Permanence (v. 1:4-6)
The ungodly are not so : but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
· The ungodly vs the righteous. The two ways: God’s way, and any other way . . . a man can not ride two horse ( James 1:8, Amplified Bible) , for when the road forks he must choose the one or the other. ( God says what is right and wrong ( Genesis 1:3-4 ) Man is not sure, but can know (discern but not determine) ( Genesis 3:22 )
5. What do you think the speaker is feeling and how do you relate?
6. How is this Psalm quoted in the New Testament? (use and context)
7. What other scriptures are brought to mind through the content, and how might that enlighten or expand the subject of the Psalm. (Column notes, chain references, commentaries, etc.?
Judging others vs. using good judgment
Discernment vs condemnation
interpreting the Golden Rule
the need for prayer in everything . . .