PROVOKING THE BLESSINGS OF GOD (EXPOSITION ON PSALM 1) - Pt 2/2

REVIEW OF PREVIOUS STUDY

The blessed man does not

· walk in the advice of the ungodly

§ Failure to Regard Authority (Absalom, Eve, Rehoboam)

§ Greener Pasture Mentality (Naomi & Elimelech, Isaac)

· stand in the footpath of sinners

§ Esau

· sit in the seat of the scornful.

§ Jews during the time of Jesus Christ

§ Zacharias

§ Mockers of the promises/deity of Jesus Christ

INTRODUCTION:

The Word “Blessed” connotes "happy" in the rich, full sense of happiness rooted in moral and mental and physical wellbeing, or prosperous, joyous etc (3rd John 3:2)


Who is the Blessed Man?

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

(Psalm 1:2) (MKJV). Meditation involves constant study, reflection and application.

Verse 2 gives us a picture of what the Blessed man does.

· He meditates in the Torah (revealed Word of Instructions) (Joshua 1:8)


Why does he meditate on the Word of God?

· It Gives Him Guidance & Direction

(Psalm 119:105, 130; 2nd Peter 1:3 – 4, 19; 2nd Timothy 3:15 - 16)

A lamp gives visibility around our immediate surroundings i.e. advice for our lives now while the light for our paths signify long-term directions. The Blessed man meditates on God’s word because it gives knowledge of everything that pertains to life and godliness. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness



· It Proves What is in Us

(Psalm 105:17 – 19)

Joseph was tried in several ways by the word of God which he believed; he had this Word of God passed on from his fathers and what God had imprinted on his conscience.


· By refusing to sleep with Potiphar’s wife: You shall not commit adultery

· By no having his hope in the butler & the baker: You should not trust in any flesh

· By being punished innocently: Tempted to question the righteousness of God

· Temptation to doubt his own dreams and the love of God


At one point we shall all be tested to prove whether we really believe what we proclaim


· It Inspires & Informs Prayer

(Daniel 9:2; John 15:7)

It initiates our communication with God, by referencing God to what He has already said


· Health & Well-Being

Divine Security (Psalm 91)

Healing (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 107:20)


· It Keeps Him from Sin (Psalm 119:9; Ephesians 5:26; John 15:3)


· It is his Source of Life

(Matthew 4:4; John 6:63)


Why are the benefits of doing this?

· Fruitfulness in Due Season

· Abiding Fruitfulness

· Prosperity


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