Psalm 1 is the 1st psalm of the book of psalms, generally known in english by its first. It is probable enough that as most interpreters suggest david made this protestation in answer to the calumnies of saul and his courtiers, who represented david as an ambitious aspiring man, who, under pretence of a divine appointment, sought the kingdom, in. Study psalm 1 using matthew henrys bible commentary concise to better understand scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Jehovah, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty. I havent meddled where i have no businessor fantasized grandiose plans. David livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer of the continent of africa, read psalm 121 and psalm 5, which praises god for his sovereign rule over all things, as. Instead of talking about power and wealth and fame, psalm 1 is all about humility and contentment. Psalms 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. Brueggemann, walter, the message of the psalms a theological commentary minneapolis. O lord, my heart is not exalted, neither have mine eyes been haughtily raised. At that time the nations said, the lord has accomplished great things for these people. Pss 122, 125, and 128, illustrating it with a weaned childs secure relationship to his mother.
The hymnal of israel, book v psalms 107150 previous page next page psalm 1 bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 1, by dr. Study the bible online using commentary on psalm 1. The theme of descending continues from the previous verse. The psalmist the person that wrote the psalm could not get out of the hole. Book 4 psalms 90106 bible commentary theology of work. This little song is inscribed dwdl because it is like an echo of the answer 2sa 6. It is a rare word but consensus is that it refers to the covenant laws. Psalms 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this versebyverse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient jewish writings. Psalm 1, a song of degrees of david, humility before the lord, lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty.
Study psalm 8 using matthew henrys bible commentary concise to better understand scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Once we recognize that the psalmist uses hills as an image of a problem to a pilgrim, we easily understand the rest of the psalm as an encouragement to those on a spiritual pilgrimage to the kingdom of god. Hermon, in the antelebanon range, is the highest point in the north of palestine. It is reckoned one of the seven penitential psalms, which have sometimes been made use of by penitents, upon their admission into the church. As a song of ascents, psalm 1 may have been used either by pilgrims going to jerusalem or by levites as they went up the steps of the temple. Be content with who god has made you, and be content with the gifts god has given you. You can find book commentaries in magazines and online. Remember from the last lesson this is a group of 15 psalms recited as jews. My heart is not proud, lord, my eyes are not haughty. The hole was not really a hole but it was the trouble all round him. This is the second of the series of psalms titled, a song of ascents. Like a contented child who rests on its mothers lap, im your. Comparing all the psalms to gems, we should liken this to a pearl. Ps 2 text from the authorized version is from swordsearcher and is the king james bible according to the cambridge university press setting, circa 1900, with words of christ indicated in red according to the scofield reference bible published by oxford.
Psalm 1 new king james version nkjv simple trust in the lord a song of ascents. Psalms 1, new international version niv the bible app. This psalm is davids profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to god for his grace, and not in vainglory. I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong. This psalm focuses our attention on the difficulty and the brevity of life. It is a call to the priests and levites of the temple to continue their service of praise, with the answer of a blessing back to the people. Psalms chapter 3 kjv king james version my opinion is that with unity comes strength, and when gods people unite in praise giving glory to the all might god, that will be fulfilment, it will be focus, that will be such power from the blood, from the living word that the supernatural power that was given to us will be activated, and that will be a true invitation to the holy spirit. I esteem myself still less than i now show it, and i appear base in. Thus it is good to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the lord.
When i read the first line of psalm 1 o lord, my heart is not lifted up i. The lord did indeed accomplish great things for us. As a song sung by travelers, this is particular relevant for its trust in god through the journey. The love of god reigning in the heart, will subdue selflove. Bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 1, by dr. Humble saints cannot think so well of themselves as others think of them. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives.
O lord, restore our wellbeing, just as the streams in the arid south are replenished. I have quietened my soul, like a weaned child with its mother. At that time we laughed loudly and shouted for joy. A better translation of i have great trouble is i am in a deep place. Psalm 1 describes the wonderful contentment king david learned in god. Neither do i exercise myself in great matters, or in things too wonderful for me. When the lord restored the wellbeing of zion, we thought we were dreaming.
But i have calmed and quieted myself, i am like a weaned child with its mother. When my mind was provoked to any irregular passion or temper, i restrained and subdued all such sinful motions or dispositions. And so even though this is a psalm of ascent, psalm 1 teaches us that the way up is actually down. Psalm 1 teaches you to be humble in your walk before the lord. Psalm 1, joan stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary psalms, 2011. The book of isaiah uses that image several times, referring either to an infant.
I do not concern myself with great mattersor things too wonderful for me. This is a study guide commentary which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the bible. My heart is not proud, lord,my eyes are not haughty. Click here for more messages from the book of psalms. Commentaries tend to be more direct and express the commentators views regarding the book. You turn us back to dustour years come to an end like a sigh ps. Psalm 1 in 140 characters or less my heart is not proud, o lord.
A pilgrim songgod, im not trying to rule the roost,i dont want to be king of the mountain. My help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth. It is probable enough that as most interpreters suggest david made this protestation in answer to the calumnies of saul and his courtiers, who represented david as an ambitious aspiring man, who, under pretence of a divine appointment, sought the kingdom, in the pride of his heart. Commentary on psalms 1 by matthew henry blue letter bible. This is the last of the series of fifteen psalms with the title a song of ascents. The big surprise when we come to psalm 1 is that this is a psalm of triumph, but gods triumph looks a lot different than the worlds triumph.
David guzik commentary on psalm 1, another of the songs of ascents. Psalms 1, new king james version nkjv the bible app. My heart is meek a song of the stairway, by king david lord, my heart is meek before you. I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. Coronavirus and christ articles sermons topics books podcasts features about donate ask pastor john. Like the sursum corda, psalm 1 dictates an inner posture for worship. The dew descends from mount hermon upon the mountains of zion. Psalms commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. At three verses, this is one of the shortest psalms in the psalter. Im content to not pursue matters that are over my head such as your complex mysteries and wonders that im not yet ready to understand.
This psalm relates not to any temporal concern, either personal or public, but it is wholly taken up with the affairs of the soul. Psalms 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries. Psalms 1 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. You can find the best commentary on psalms for you using the tools on the right side. Psalm 1 this psalm is davids profession of humility, humbly made, with thankfulness to god for his grace, and not in vainglory. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in jesus christ. Psalms commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. It reminds us where our help comes from and infuses us with confidence. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. Psalms chapter 1 kjv king james version very true vanessa, wordly or fleshy pride is the pits but as the scriptures below confirm and im sure you will agree, we do need to take pride or glory in who we are and for others in christ jesus or we will minanise and ignore how wonderful it is and not give heartfelt thanks to him. And psalm 1 is a psalm of humility where the psalmist comes to a place of quiet.152 857 1328 1587 305 1281 493 608 988 981 283 922 876 222 1581 29 1490 939 1513 375 233 1118 525 1363 145 1588 58 1198 1550 950 33 1544 604 316 1428 1229 552 227 830 518 670 580 1027 1177 1103 281 966