…Lingering on the Sunday Message …10/4/09

October 4, 2009

General

This morning we started a new expositional study of the 119th Psalm.  My vision for Sunday evenings is just to linger a little longer on some of the thoughts that Pastor Kevin developed throughout the course of his morning message.  You know, I dare say none of us can bring back with complete recall the things preached during a church service.  Perfect memory is roundly elusive.  What we walk away with, generally, are bits and pieces of visual images, scripture verses, emphasized concepts and general  applications.  Certainly, the Holy Spirit is working through this and giving to each of us an individualized note for progressing our growth and sanctification.  This is the foolishness of preaching at work as taught by Paul (Romans 10:14); and is one of the established means of grace provided for by our Lord. 

This is a blogpost series I want to establish.  And, what I hope to accomplish by bringing back a point or two from the morning message is to provide for us an opportunity to sit back and further meditate on the work the Holy Spirit has wrought in our consciousness throughout the course of the day.  So, I suggest you make a hot tea, find a comfortable chair, open your bible… and as you read it, sit at the feet of our savior for a moment…its way better that TV.

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Psalm 119:1-8

I’m going to enjoy this study!  By studying Psalm 119 expositionally we’ll get a sort of shortened exposition of the entire Psalms.  What I mean is that much of what is articulated throughout the book, the concepts and such, are expressed within this chapter.  And what a timely blessing as well.  This is perhaps the perfect scriptural series for a new blog that emphasizes the Gospel of Christ for daily living.  Each verse is structured in a way that introduces a new thought about the Gospel.  And, aside from verse 122, the theme of the book, the Word of God, is included in some form within each thought (or verse).  As this study progresses, I’m sure Pastor Kevin will continue to discuss thoroughly the beautiful structure of this psalm.  Suffice for today, we had a brief overview of where we will be heading.

A scripture of particular emphasis:

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of scoffers.

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in season; its leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he doeth shall prosper.

Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

As Psalm 1 introduces the book of Psalms in whole, so to does the aleph section introduce Psalm 119.  And as Jesus began His earthly ministry with the sermon on the mount, both Psalms declare how it is that a man is to be blessed.  Sola Scriptura; in both Psalms, God declares the Importance,…the Power,…and the Sufficiency of his Word.  And, God’s Word is The Way we become that third type of man that C.S. Lewis described in “The Three Kinds of Men” (See Tim Keller post from 10/3/09).  We can do an entire study on the concept of blessedness.  Succinctly, though, it is seen in Psalm one as the figurative tree; a metaphor for stability, durability and prosperity; the Godly characteristics of a blessed person.  To the Praise and Glory of God, everything that is necessary for life and living can be meditated through by the Word of God.

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