Psalm 1, Are You Known by the Lord?

This Lord’s Day we will look at Psalm 1 where we will find an encouraging description of the believer, “the righteous” and “blessed man,” and a sobering description of the unbeliever, “the wicked.” The message from the passage will set forth the believer as one preoccupied with God’s Word, “the Law of the Lord” (v. 2) and enjoying spiritual prosperity (v. 3). Those who know the Lord have affections and habits of thinking related to the Word of God. They find His Word a “delight” (v. 2), “more to be desired…than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey” (Ps 19:10). As New Testament believers we know that God’s spoken Word culminates in the Living Word made flesh, the Lord Jesus (Heb 1:2; Jn 1:1, 14), and in Him the Christian finds never ending delight and food for meditation (Col 2:3). The message will also point out the coming doom for those who do not know the Lord (Ps. 1:4-5) and encourage them to “take refuge in the Son” (Ps 2:12). What is the explanation for the great difference between the righteous and the wicked? God’s loyal, favorable and intimate involvement in the life of the righteous and His unfavorable and condemning disposition toward the wicked; therefore, the wicked will “perish” (v. 6).