The Blessed & The Cursed

Sun Sep 13
The Blessed & The Cursed
Psalm 1
By Lai

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“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 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. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭1:1-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God seems to divide into only 2 groups (eg Cain & Abel, Isaac & Ishmael, Wicked & Righteous)
Which group are we in?
Enter by the narrow gate

a Tale of Two People
V1-3: blessed
V4-6: wicked

Blessings are found many places in the Bible (eg Beatitudes, Psalm)
NOT:
– WALK in the counsel of the UNGODLY
– STAND in the path of sinners
– SIT in the seats of the scornful making fun of the things of God

Does it say we should not mix with sinners or even non-Christian friends?
No. As Jesus Himself mixed & ate with sinners & tax collectors
Because of Jesus being with them, they changed to become like Him
Jesus did not change
We can mix with non-Christians but keeping our Christian values
An example of walking in the counsel of the ungodly is a pastor who committed suicide after he Ashley Madison expose

What God likes
– DELIGHTS in the law of the Lord; the Bible
Humans by nature in sin do not see any value in God’s Word
A person can only delight in God’s Word after being reborn
One way to check ourselves is how we read God’s Word; Is it a joy or a duty?
– Meditates day & night on God’s Word

Like a tree
– PLANTED by the river
A tree does not plant itself
We are only who we are by the grace of God
– Bears its fruits in its season
Fruits of good works bringing others to the Lord
– Leaves do not wither
– What he does — prospers
Not only monetary terms but what he does comes easily (eg the success God gave Joseph in Egypt)

People on the broad way
– “ungodly”, “wicked”
– Like CHAFF
A tree unmovable & stable VS chaff easily blown by the wind & useless
– Blown away by the wind

What happens to them?
– NOT STAND
May say many things today but unable to stand in the day of judgement

Why the psalmist certainty they will not stand?
– For the LORD knows
– The way of the righteous

– The way of the ungodly
– Shall perish

Psalm summarizes all mankind to 2
Those who are godly & those who are not
Where do we stand?

Reminded of #John 3
– Nicodemus — a Pharisee, a Bible teacher yet realized that he was lacking
– Jesus said you will not enter the gate
– Jesus replied that you need to be born again

False evidences
#Matthew 7
– I do not know you
– Depart from me
A true Christian is not because of what you do but who you are
Do you know the Lord Jesus Himself?

Review of Psalm 1: Signs of new life
– A delight of the Bible
– Growth in knowing God better & becoming more like Jesus
– Bears fruit
– Love for believers