Holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ

Philippians 2:16

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Blessed is the Man

C. H. Spurgeon, in The Treasury of David, calls Psalm One, “The preface Psalm”, since it is a notification of the entire contents found in the remaining 149 psalms. Psalm One, therefore, establishes the “super structure” upon which all the other psalms are built, somewhat similar to the image portrayed by our Lord in His closing words of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27). Thus, each successive psalm following Psalm One becomes another “brick” to the spiritual house of wisdom.

Like Genesis chapters 1 through 11, Psalm One is foundational to all that follows it. Remove it from its Divine placement, and the rest of the book of Psalms loses its main purpose and meaning.

In Psalm One, we shall discover a Biblical portrait of what a Christian IS. He is one who is blessed (i.e. happy) because he is obedient to His Savior’s Word. He avoids those who advocate false teaching or the wisdom of this world, which James describes as “earthly, sensual, and devilish” (James 3:14-18). Thus, the true believer walks circumspectly, redeeming the time by taking an overflowing love approach to the Word of God. He meditates upon His Father’s every word and applies it to his daily walk, thus becoming a prosperous fruit-bearing tree planted by the Lord.

Ironically, God has chosen to use illustrations from nature to depict both the saved and the lost. (See Isaiah 5:1-7; Daniel 4:19-27; Jeremiah 17:5-8 and Isaiah 5:22-25).
My hope and desire is that through the exposition of Psalm One, you may examine yourself to see if ye be in the faith, and if so, how the true believer acquires true biblical happiness.

To the lost, my prayer is that as you come to see yourself in verses 4-6, you will come to accept your sinnerhood and thus flee to Christ in both repentance and faith (Acts 20:21), to the saving of your immortal soul!

--Pastor Bob Spagnuolo
Code     Sermon Title (Scripture Text)
Psalm 1:1--The Negative Means to the Blessedness
Ps1-01   The Introduction to Psalm One (Psalm 1:1-6)
Ps1-02   Blessed Is the Man (Psalm 1:1)
Ps1-03   The Man Who is Being Described Here (Matt. 5:1-12)
Ps1-04   Negative Means to Blessedness [1] Actions Considered (Ps. 1:1)
Ps1-05   Negative Means to Blessedness [2] Adversaries Avoided (Ps. 1:1)
Ps1-06   Negative Means to Blessedness [3] Advice Shunned (Ps. 1:1)
Ps1-07   Applications of the Negatives (II Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15)

Psalm 1:2--The Forgotten Discipline of Meditation
Ps1-08   Believer's Loving Passion & Pursuit to Happiness (Ps. 1:2)
Ps1-09   Discipline of Meditation--1 [Law of the Lord defined] (Ps. 19:7-14)
Ps1-10   Discipline of Meditation--2 [Definition of Meditation] (Phil. 4:8-9)
Ps1-11   Discipline of Meditation--3 [Examples of] (Gen. 24:63)
Ps1-12   Discipline of Meditation--4 [Its Profitableness] (I Tim. 4:12-16)
Ps1-13   Discipline of Meditation--5 [By Day and By Night] (Ps. 1:2)

Psalm 1:3--The Ultimate Consequences to the Blessed Man
Ps1-14   And he shall be (Matt. 15:1-20)
Ps1-15   A Tree Planted by the Rivers of Water (Jer. 17:5-8)
Ps1-16   Are You a Planting of the Lord? (Isa. 41:10-20)
Ps1-17   By the Rivers of Water (John 7:38)
Ps1-18   Fruitfulness in Season [1] (Matt. 13:23)
Ps1-19   Fruitfulness in Season [2] (Matt. 13:23)
Ps1-20   Fruitfulness in Season [3] (James 2:14-26)
Ps1-21   Fruitfulness in Season [4] (Rom. 7:1-6)
Ps1-22   Fruitfulness in Season [5] (Eph. 2:1-10)
Ps1-23   Fruitfulness in Season [6] (Titus 3:1-8)
Ps1-24   Fruitfulness in Season [7] (Col. 3:1-25)
Ps1-25   His Leaf Shall Not Wither (Ps. 92:12-15)
Ps1-26   Whatsoever He Doeth Shall Prosper (Deut. 30:9-10)

Psalm 1:4-6  The Ungodly Man’s Portrait
Ps1-27   Sermon Series Review, Verses 1-3 (Psalm 1)
Ps1-28   The Ungodly are NOT SO (Psalm 1:4)
Ps1-29   The Ungodly are Like Chaff (Psalm 1:4, Zeph. 2:1-3)
Ps1-30   The Ungodly are Separated from God (Psalm 1; Isa. 59:1-4)
Ps1-31   The Gospel Message of Psalm One–1 (Psalm 1; Rom. 9:9-16)
Ps1-32   The Gospel Message of Psalm One–2 (Psalm 1:6; Matt. 13:41-43)

(This series is now complete!)