Psalm 1-2, Psalm 147
In James 1:22,25 he says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” The very first Psalm in 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners.” What we read must be applied or we are hearers only and not doers, and we will not experience God’s blessings. How many of us have sent our children to secular schools and universities and allowed the ungodly to shape our children without counteracting their false positions (especially in college where they are no longer living with us). How many suffer from depression or anxiety and seek the counsel of therapists with no respect for God. How many are ill and seek the counsel of physicians with only a worldly perspective. How many of us when in turmoil return to the counsel of their old unsaved friends for advice. It’s not that these individuals mean badly, but advice is subjective, and as God frequently states in Scripture, there is no middle ground. You are either a friend of God or an enemy, righteous or unrighteous, In Him or in the world. In the very next verse, the Psalmist says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” This is the same advice Moses gave to Joshua in Joshua 1:8. This is why the One Year Bible Challenge is so important. We need the full counsel of God, not in our favorite sections of Scripture or those verses we have memorized, but in the entirety of God’s Word. If done in the morning, and you continue in the day with times of prayer and worship you are truly abiding in Him. Hopefully, what we are doing this year in the Challenge will continue in our lives forever.
Psalm 2 is clearly Messianic in nature. In fact, the word anointed in v.2 means Messiah (Hebrew word Mashiach). At least 16 psalms are specifically Messianic including this one, with many others referencing the Messiah. These Psalms give depth to the Gospel. Where the Gospel often tells what Jesus did, the Psalms give depth into what He was thinking and what He was feeling. So important are the Psalms, that of the 219 Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, 116 are from the Book of Psalms. So as we read through the Psalms 2 1/2 times this year in our reading program let’s not just read them as historically pertinent, but do as they are intended and praise God, applying both the content and the emotions of the Psalmist as we worship Him.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: