THE BLESSED MAN
A STUDY OF PSALM 1
Dr. Robert Courtney
“How blessed is the man…” We find these words to be the very first statement of the book of Psalms. How very appropriate they are. The book of Psalms is likened to a hymn book by some. Many are quite familiar with a couple of the Psalms, especially Psalm 23 and Psalm 100. There are individual verses within the Psalms that are favorites to many. I have found the Psalms to be very comforting. Often they have provided me with strength and peace in the midst of difficult situations. Reading the Psalms in the morning hours or just before retiring for the night are precious moments. A blessed man is one who spends much time there. I have also found the Psalms to be a library of great theological truths. All of the great themes of grace, forgiveness, justification, resurrection, and hope are set in these beautiful words. Too often we find the music of our day to be shallow, but the Psalms plunge deep into the study of God and the response of man to what He has done. A blessed man is one who learns of His Lord in the book of Psalms. For many years I have been on a quest to understand fully the nature of being blessed. I am convinced from God’s Word that He has blessed us. Ephesians 1:3 actually states that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. I guess I have never been satisfied with merely knowing that fact. I want to dig deep into what a Blessed Man is according to God. I want to experience more fully what it means to be blessed. Our next study together in this newsletter is in Psalm 1, the Blessed Man. We shall investigate what Spurgeon called the “Benediction” this Psalm begins with: “Blessed is the man…” As he wrote in his great commentary “The Treasury of David”, Spurgeon stated, “How few among us can lay claim to the benediction of the text! Perhaps some of you can claim a sort of negative purity, because you do not walk in the way of the ungodly; but let me ask you - Is your delight in the law of God? Do you study God's Word? Do you make it the man of your right hand - your best companion and hourly guide? If not, this blessing belongeth not to you.” I want this benediction to belong to you. I want it to belong to me. Spend much time in Psalm 1 over the next few months as we prepare to learn together the character of the Blessed Man.
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