psalm 1:3 commentary

Christ, who is himself the way, and in whom we must walk as our way, has also shown us the same way that is here prescribed, Mt. A Psalm of David, f the servant of the L ord, g who addressed the words of this h song to the L ord on the day when the L ord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. For who but Jesus is the tree of life! Proud member We learn right off the bat that the blessed life looks like the rejection of certain lifestyles. Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 1:1-3. The literal sense of the word פלגי palgei rendered rivers, is divisions, which may refer to the custom of conveying water to orchards or gardens by cuts or trenches, from springs or rivers, to be diverted or stopped, or applied in a greater or less plenty to this or that plantation, as the gardener shall direct: and this acceptation of the word is very proper for this place, as referring to an abundantly flourishing fruit-tree. Man has sovereign dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is appointed their lord. 5). Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 1, 2. A tree planted by the rivers of water. Absalom wanted to become king so he attacked David. .the wicked are not so" This is the OT view that temporal blessings and cursings were based on one's spiritual life (cf. Fruit is expected, fruit is borne, and it comes also in the time in which it should come. Prodente clypeo vulneratus sum, I am betrayed by my shield, said Brasidas the Lacedaemonian, when he was wounded through it (Plutarch). 3. Drinking Deeply from the Psalms. Psalm 1:1-3 ESV. Psalms 1:3 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 … Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Psalm 136. His active goodness, that he seeketh and improveth all opportunities for the doing of good, exercising godliness, justice, temperance, charity, patience, &c., according to the several occasions offered to him. Ps 23:1-6. Hebrew. This makes the figure entire, and is sanctioned by some MSS and ancient versions. -- This is an allusion to the Eastern method of cultivation, by which rivulets of water are made to flow between the rows of trees, and thus, by artificial means, the … What it has been, that it shall be; if it changes, it is as growing into fruitfulness, and maturing in its fruit's abundance and perfection. I will say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. 1. The story of Psalm 3. Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28 and 30). A tree planted by the rivers of water. John 15:1-11). Psalm 34 Commentary Call to Praise | 1-3. Verse 3. Deuteronomy 28:1-14). Absalom said, "Now I am king of Israel". This refers to Christ. The spring greenness of life shall not wither as the years roll by. Psalm 107 is a psalm of thanksgiving, extolling God for delivering God’s people from a variety of troubles. Joseph realized this picture (cf. Influence of religion upon prosperity. But to whom or what do we respond with a resolute no? nor sit in company with scoffers. Blessed is the man who hath such a promise as this. I. Commentary, Psalm 1, Walter C. Bouzard, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013. The parallelism is sufficiently maintained by the correspondence between the image and the thing represented-namely, the godly man. Let it be what tree it will that is here meant, if Plato could say that man is a tree inverted, with the root above and the branches below, and that he is φυτον ουρανιον, a heavenly plant, γεγενημενον εκ Dιος ερνος, as another hath it (Homer); much more may we say so of a godly man, that plant of renown, rooted in Christ, and fruited by the Spirit, of a right constitution and righteous conversation, Galatians 5:25. Hello Amelia, I am so glad you were encouraged by this commentary. verses 4 - 6: enemies of God, we call them godless. Not a "tree of the field". Verse 3-4. James Montgomery Boice points out that since these titles are in the canonical text of the Hebrew Bible, “They are to be taken with absolute seriousness throughout.” … That bringeth forth fruit in his season — That is, in the time of fruit-bearing; which, being applied to the good man, denotes either, 1st, His active goodness, that he seeks and improves all opportunities for doing good, exercising faith, hope, and love, piety and virtue, justice, mercy, charity, temperance, patience, meekness, long-suffering, according to the several occasions offered him: or, 2d, The issue thereof, the happiness resulting therefrom; that he shall have the fruit, or benefit, of his godly life in due time, and when it will be most for his advantage, possibly in some measure in this life, but assuredly in the life to come. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. The tree of life is watered by the river of living waters, proceeding from the throne of God, who is the source of all grace, Apocalypse xxii. PSALM 133. You may have read in Spurgeon's comments above on the blessed state in Psalm 32:1-2 (Spurgeon on v1; Verse 2) where he notes that there is an association with the blessednesses in Psalm 1. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Some of the ancients were of opinion that Moses was the penman, not only of the foregoing psalm, which is expressly said to be his, but also of the eight that next follow it; but that cannot be, for Ps. Individuals were in the same condition as Christians. His fruit - its proper fruit (cf. The blessed righteous man is like a healthy tree. And, or For, he shall be like a tree, &c. — This is the proof of that blessedness of a good man which he had only asserted, Psalms 1:1. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. 21, cap. (Worthington) --- And. By definition, we cannot choose one way without rejecting another. Chapter 27. A. P. Stanley, D.D., in "Sinai and Palestine.". A critical journal has shown that instead of Whatsoever it doeth shall prosper, the rendering might be, "Whatsoever it produces shall come to maturity." 1. Its rich profusion typified the abundance of the Spirit's graces. A Prayer for Guidance ... flutes. The blessedness of the righteous shown, in his avoiding every appearance of evil, Psalm 1:1. The beauties of early life, of young life, the beauties of childhood, shall never be destroyed. the metaphor being kept up "Whatsoever this tree bringeth forth, whether bud, blossom, or fruit, it shall prosper.". In this fourth member there is a transition from the tree to him whom it represents. But to the eye of faith this word is sure, and by it we perceive that our works are prospered, even when everything seems to go against us. Oh, golden and admirable word! April 20, 2019 June 5, 2019 by Drew Campbell, posted in Commentary. The Holy Spirit himself always teaches every faithful preacher in the church to know that the kingdom of God does not stand in word but in power. Many are p rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, q “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 1. Its Divine culture.—The godly man is not like a tree that grows wild. His leaf also shall not wither. In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly are contrasted. There is joy in saying no. Figure of speech Simile. “His leaf shall not wither.” His childlikeness, the glory of the spring time of life, shall always be fresh and beautiful; it shall never wither away.’. (1-3) The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason of both. John Trapp. And though sometimes the law be distinguished from the Psalms and Prophets (Luke 16:16, and 24:24), yet the other prophets' books are called law (1 Corinthians 14:21), from Isaiah 28:11; the Psalms are also thus named (John 10:24 and 15:25), from Psalm 82:6 and 35:19. PSALM 1 * True Happiness in God’s Law I. Psalm 3 – Peace in the Midst of the Storm. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: Now, David begins by declaring his settled intention of praising the Lord for the deliverance he experienced from the Philistines. Shall prosper—Herein is brought out the literal import of the foregoing figures. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. (Calmet) --- Those who make good use of favours received, are continually supplied with fresh graces. Verse 3. Psalm 91:1-3 God the Deliverer “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Macmillan, Two Worlds are Ours, p. 203; A. Blomfield, Sermons in Town and Country, p. 313. The scope of this short but excellent psalm is to show us the way to heaven, and to convince us that, if we would be happy, we must be holy and honest. The Psalmist here illustrates, and, at the same time, confirms by a metaphor the statement made in the preceding verse; for he shows in what respect those who fear God are to be accounted happy, namely, not because they enjoy an evanescent and empty gladness, but because they are in a desirable condition. x., p. 334; E. Johnson, Ibid., vol. Verse 3. ;) not always in this life and in worldly things, but morally, upon the whole, and in the final result, which shows the necessity of a judgment day, and of final awards. 3 O L ord, o how many are my foes! обильный плод. Reply. Psa 23:1-6. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper; all his actions shall be crowned with success, and a blessed end or effect: see Romans 8:28. Psalms 1:4.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. A psalm of David. The Lord's trees are all evergreens. PSALM 1:1-3. The spiritual plant of God is placed by the running waters; it is nourished and recruited by the never-failing, the perpetual, the daily and hourly, supply of their wholesome influences. Martin Luther. Such irrigating streams (Psalms 46:4) were a luxury to the people of a parching climate. Deuteronomy 26:12-13; compare Matthew 7:24-27. His certain prosperity and happiness, as may be gathered from the end of this verse, and the opposite state of the ungodly, Psalms 1:4,5; that he shall have the fruit or benefit of his godly life in due time, or when it is expedient for him; possibly in this life, but assuredly in the next life. Psalm 5:1 Heb. In contrast, leaves are what others simply see and admire. A description of the godly man’s spirit and way, by which we are to try ourselves. Some think David penned this psalm before his coming to the throne, when he was in the midst of his troubles, and perhaps upon occasion of the death of his parents; but the Jews think he penned it when he was old, upon occasion of the wonderful deliverance he had from the sword of the giant, when Abishai succoured him (2 Sa. The psalm opens in verses 1-3 with an instruction to the people to give thanks to God because God, in goodness and steadfast love (hesed), has redeemed them … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22" The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. A special beauty of the believer's fruits of righteousness is, they are not only good in themselves, but also are in season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; contrast Matthew 21:19). "The Chaff Driven Away.". Herein is brought out the literal import of the foregoing figures. But however high they may be raised, and however far and wide they may spread their branches, yet having no root in the ground, nor even a sufficiency of moisture from which they may derive nourishment, the whole of their beauty by and by disappears, and withers away. In both cases it is God"s blessing on one"s words and works. Acts 1:1 . Fruit in his season; virtues to be exhibited at certain seasons -- patience in affliction; gratitude in prosperity; zeal in opportunity, etc. (Recall Wolsey’s comment on his fall in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.) Blessed is the man. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Verses 1-3 The psalmist begins with the character and condition of a godly man, that those may first take the comfort of that to whom it belongs. But, early or late, the fruit of godly character is seasonable. His fruit in his season. Therefore his fruits have no name, and his times have no name. Of Tylos, an Indian island, Pliny and Austin say, That no tree therein growing doth at any time of the year lose their leaves (Plin. Footnotes. Pintus, out of Pliny, tells us, that the palm tree will not grow well on rich ground, but in a light and sandy; and that if the soil be strong and fertile they must cast salt and ashes at the root to limit the fertility of the ground. Psalm 41 - For the director of music. Here is,I. 1:1-3 To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. And he shall be like a tree] An olive tree, say some, from Psalms 52:8, which is green all the year, saith Pliny; that in Noah’s flood kept its greenness though it had been so long time under the water; and is, therefore, made an emblem of the resurrection. Psalm 107, classified as a community hymn of praise, was most likely a liturgy of thanks offered by worshipers at a festival at the temple in Jerusalem. In his season. DeBurgh prefers, on the authority of the Targum, 'whatever it (the tree) produceth shall flourish.'. 11. In his godly use of the law of the Lord, Psalm 1:2; This farther pointed out under the metaphor of a good tree planted in a good well-watered soil, Psalm 1:3. He is neither a Jew, nor a Gentile, nor a Greek, nor a barbarian, nor of any other particular person. See Jeremiah 17:8, Ezekiel 47:12. And he shall be like a tree planted -- not a wild tree, but "a tree planted," chosen, considered as property, cultivated and secured from the last terrible uprooting, for "every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up:" Matthew 15:13 . All Psalms Resources Psalm 1 Resources Psalms Commentaries & Sermons Psalms - Devotionals by Spurgeon Psalms - Devotionals by Spurgeon 2 Psalms - Our Daily Bread Psalms - Our Daily Bread 2 Psalms - Today in the Word Psalms - Today in the Word 2 Psalms - Today in the Word 3 Psalms - Our Daily Homily - F.B. Read full chapter. Psalms 1:3 Context. 3. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. Or rather. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The nature, causes, signs, and results of true prosperity. Psalms 1:3. (2) ‘In his season.’ The seasons are different for different fruits. For, as Bishop Hall says, “Look where you will in God’s Book, you shall never find any lively member of God’s house, any true Christian, compared to any but a fruitful tree.” Probably the palm meets all the conditions best. Pamela Rose Williams January 18, 2017 at 10:39 am. Whatsoever he doeth— Conformably to his character and profession. Nor has the moral significance of vegetable life been ignored. And, as Gregory saith, that man whose life is despised is condemned by his doctrine, for he preaches to others, and is himself reprobated. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. As the NIV’s translation suggests, Psalm 139 can be divided into four strophes: verses 1–6; 7–12; 13–18; and 19–24.Tucker and Davis offer an overview of these four movements: Before exploring the meaning of this passage in detail, here is the whole psalm for your consideration from the NIV: According to the psalmist, it is to the counsel of the wicked (a reference to what we believe), the way of sinners (a reference to the way we behave), and the seat of scoffers (a refe… We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. vii., p. 73; G. Matheson, Moments on the Mount, pp. Galatians 5:22-23). Plutarch saith that the Babylonians make three hundred and sixty commodities of it. It is not outward prosperity which the Christian most desires and values; it is soul prosperity which he longs for. Psalm 100 is a hymn of praise. made branches in thee, will thrive in thee, and bring forth fruit in thee, for thou hast said, because 'I live ye shall live also.' (1) What the righteous man does not do. Ecclesiastes 2:5-6; Isaiah 58:11. Sam Storms comments, “Believe it or not, happiness or blessedness can be found in something negative! 95, is expressly said to be penned by David, and long after Moses, Heb. No winter's cold can destroy their verdure; and yet, unlike evergreens in our country, they are all fruit bearers. 280. 1:3-4 "whatever he does, he prospers. of The blessing, (Psalms 1:1-3,) is followed by the cursing, (Psalms 1:4-6,) as the voice from Gerizim was by that from Ebal. It is also what benefits other people, what others can take from us that nourishes them (cf. be = become, or prove. Psalms 1:3, Psalms 1:4.—H. The tree's leaf (in the third member of the parallelism) answers to "whatsoever he (the godly man) doeth," even his most minute and ordinary acts (in the fourth member); "not wither," to "prosper." The blessings of fraternal unity. How often, my brethren, if we judge by feeble sense, may we come to the mournful conclusion of Jacob, "All these things are against me!" Usually the fruit God said He would produce in the lives of most Old Testament believers was physical prosperity (cf. -- This is an allusion to the Eastern method of cultivation, by which rivulets of water are made to flow between the rows of trees, and thus, by artificial means, the trees receive a constant supply of moisture. In his season. Verse 3. 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