Do you know what the word Psalm comes from? The word itself orginates from a Greek word meaning “A poem sung with music accompaniment.” Not all of the Psalms are like this, but a great many of them are. In a nutshell, Psalms is like the Hymnal for the God’s people. Though we usually think of King David who wrote Psalms, it is actually a list of people who wrote excerpts into God’s word…though David wrote at least 73 of them. This great collection of songs and prayers expresses the heart and soul of humanity. In them, the whole range of human experiences is expressed. King David and the other writers honestly pour out their true feelings, reflecting a dynamic, powerful, and life-changing friendship with God. The psalmists confess their sins, express their doubts and fears, ask God for help in times of trouble, and praise and worship him.
Vs. 2, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” On any give day..we have so many choices….we see the contrast between the joy & happiness for the believer verses the ungodly who will perish. It is a fitting beginning to contrast the two roads of our life. As a tree finds it nourishment by the water, we also find our nourishment by the living water of God! We are reminded why it is so important to turn to the Lord’s Word! Though we are unsure of who wrote Psalm 1, we see that it sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Regarding application…Planted Near God. Vs. 3, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” The tree that is described in this chapter is a tree in a desert oasis. The world is like a desert that can never satisfy. We must plant our lives near the water for without water our roots cannot grow. If there are no roots, then there can be no fruit. Unless we spend time near God and mediate on his word…our roots will die! When we cease to bear fruit in our lives…it is because something has gone wrong with our roots. With the reality of much of this world perishing, how much more than shall we respond in sharing the Word to those who do not yet know. God has set the way to Him by laying down his life and closing the gap with the bridge of the cross. Let’s do our part in rooting ourselves in his Word so we can lead others across the bridge!