Study Guide – Psalm 1

Psalm01
1 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,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.


Each phrase in verses 1-2 is filled with activity. From your own experience in life, brainstorm some practical examples for each action:

 

3 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.


Read and then compare Colossians 2:6-7 with Psalm 1:3.


        What do you learn about the responsibility of a follower of God?


        What do you learn about the outcomes that occur in our lives?

 

        Looking back at verses 1-2, what do we need to do in order to "let our roots grow down"?

 


4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.


Visualize the difference between a "tree planted by streams of water" and "chaff that the wind blows away." How can this be true when so often it is those who are trying to do right that feel like they are being trampled or persecuted?

 


6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. NIV


Looking again at the content of Psalm 1, why do you suspect it was selected to be the introduction for all 150 psalms? What does this Psalm tell you about the purpose behind the entire book of Psalms?

 


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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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