The Book of Psalms is one of the longest books in the Bible. The chapters in book are actually a collection of poems that mainly relate to King David. Written in Hebrew, these psalms provide the reader with a glimpse into life over 3000 years ago. Psalms Chapter 1 is the introduction to this book of the Bible.
Pleasing the Lord
This psalm is written in order to teach people what is right and what is wrong. The writer of Psalms Chapter 1 described the things that are pleasing to the Lord and how to do these things.
Chapter 1 explains that there are consequences for not following the path of the Lord. In contrast, there are also rewards for being a faithful and obedient worshiper.
Following God Brings Mercy
Psalms Chapter 1 states that there is no gray area when it comes to pleasing God. The individual is not in charge of deciding God’s will. The author reminds us that God placed us next to streams of living water and provided us with the ability to be prosperous and grow.
The writer also said that God’s mercy on us is deserving of our loyalty and faith. People should not follow their own law or the laws of others. Instead, this psalm says that we should adhere to the word of the Lord and put our trust in the Scripture so we can learn the morals and lessons that are there to teach us.
Eternal Life for Believers
King David in Psalms Chapter 1 reminds us that those who worship the Lord are promised eternal life and shall be blessed. Those who do not believe in the Scripture and follow the ways of the evil will perish.
Psalms 1 (King James Version)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
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.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.