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The Blessed Life - Part Two

The Blessed Life - Psalm 1  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Introduction

The purpose of this multi-week study of Psalm 1 is for each of us to discern the type of life we are living. There are two lives that one can live, the blessed life and the cursed life. First, there could be those that are lost and have never experienced the blessed life. Second, there are those that know the blessed life and you need to continue to travel the path you are one and renew your efforts on the way of blessedness.
Review of last week: The path of blessing includes the avoidance of evil influences.

The blessed life is opposed to the way of the wicked

But - Instead of; rather; On the contrary, Not only does the blessed man avoid that path of the wicked, but he travels a path that is in sharp contradiction to the path of the wicked. He is not comfortable or content with neutrality. He positively identifies himself with God and God’s Word.
Matthew 7:13–14 ESV
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

The blessed life finds pleasure in God’s Word

His delight is the law of the Lord - Takes pleasure in; take pleasure or enjoyment in something; with the primary notion of firmly adhering; strongly inclined toward.
In its essence, the path of pleasure and the duties required upon on it are not a burden, but a delight. The instruction given on the path is not a form of drudgery, but direction to know that maximum amount of pleasure available to creatures.
If you understand anything about this, you realize that God is not against us having pleasure and enjoyment. The problem occurs when we seek anything in life within the created realm to gives us ultimate pleasure. When we lower the standards for what we desire the most, it becomes idolatry, because we were created to find ultimate satisfaction in God. What is the pleasure or delight of the Psalmist directed towards? The delight of the Psalmist is in the law of the Lord.
The law of the Lord is all the written words of God, especially the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, the books of Moses.
Psalm 119:97 ESV
97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Listen to some verses about how other things are supposed to compare with our love and affection for God’s Word.
More than food
Psalm 119:103 ESV
103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Job 23:12 ESV
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
Matthew 4:4 ESV
4 But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
More than sleep
Psalm 119:62 ESV
62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.
Psalm 119:147–148 ESV
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. 148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
More than wealth
Psalm 119:14 ESV
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:72 ESV
72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Psalm 119:127 ESV
127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.
Psalm 119:164 ESV
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
More than friends
Psalm 119:23 ESV
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Psalm 119:51 ESV
51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.

The blessed life has a divine origin

In the law of the Lord - This is the revelation of God. The word of God is the act of God uncovering himself and his ways to fallen humankind. This is the instruction of the Lord. The teaching that comes from the Lord.
Exodus 3:13–15 ESV
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

The path of blessing is full of intense, experiential understanding

In his law he meditates - “Meditate” in the Hebrew means “to mutter, to read in an undertone,” for orthodox Jews speak as they read the Scriptures, meditate and pray. God’s Word is in their mouth; meaning intensive, careful reading and study.
MacArthur - characterized by the consistent contemplation and internalization of God’s Word for ethical direction and obedience.
Joshua 1:8 ESV
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Let me show you how meditation and delight is the Scriptures is what describes the blessed man. It will not do to have a life that occasionally takes a glance at the sacred texts and hopes to be changed by them.
Psalm 119:15–16 ESV
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Psalm 119:47–48 ESV
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

The blessed life continually accessible

Day and night - This portion of the text is meant to communicate the commitment of the blessed man to the Word of God, but it also reveals the accessibility we have to God and his Word. Day and Night. There are no exceptions to this access. The reality that hinders us is our lack of desire of the weakness of our desire.
Matthew Henry writes, “We must not only set ourselves to meditate on God’s word morning and evening, at the entrance of the day and of the night, but these thought should be interwoven with the business and converse of every day and with the repose and slumbers of every night.”
Psalm 119:1 ESV
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
Psalm 119:55 ESV
55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.
Psalm 119:164 ESV
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.

Practical Application

Pray for an intense desire for the best things in life rather than the lesser things
Little foxes, still the grapes
Snacking on junk food makes us lose our appetite for true nourishment
Plan to ponder upon the Word of God
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Deliberation is necessary
Persevere in the Good
We will often fail, but God is faithful
Do not despise the day of small things
Make small steps toward improvement
i. Spend 10 more minutes in meditation (3,650 minutes in a year)
ii. Memorize 1 verse a month (12 verses in a year)
iii. Watch one less TV show in order to meditate
iv. Get up 10 minutes earlier than normal
v. Carry around a small index card with a verse on it for Scripture memory
Praise God for all the victories
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