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Psalm 1

Read Psalm 1
Because the Psalm is short, try to read it over several times during the week. Maybe even in different translations.
1. The term “blessed” can be translated “oh so happy” or “living optimally, blissful, happy” or “oh the blessednesses! List 3 things the “blessed” or “happy” man does not do?

2. How would you explain or translate the 3 things listed above to life today? To your life? What should you not do?

3. Consider the verbs “walk,” “stand,” and “sit.” What is the difference? What is the psalmists point in using these three words in progression?

4. What do the following verses teach about those who walk in the way of wickedness or evil?
▸ Proverbs 1:15

▸ Proverbs 4:14

5. What do the following verses add about how the word will keep you from evil?
▸ Joshua 1:8

▸ Psalm 119:92, 97

6. We see in this Psalm that the Psalmist describes the blessed man like tree. What characteristics does he assign to this man?

7. What does Jeremiah 17:7-8 add to this picture?

8. What is chaff? Look it up if you are not familiar with it.

9. What do the following verses teach about God’s knowledge of the righteous man?
▸ Psalm 37:18

▸ Nahum 1:7

▸ John 10:14, 27

▸ 2 Timothy 2:19

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Lone Tree

A lone tree
clings to the banks of the raging river,
leaves tossed,
boughs bent,
daily tested by the elements.

Its roots dig deeper,
holding the tree to the shore.
security sought in the deep rich soil

How barren is the tree during the storm,
its leaves blown off.

How stark is the tree,
its bark patched,
its branches twisted.

But the clouds disperse
and the sun greets the lonesome tree,
coaxing it heavenward.

By the time the warmth of Spring arrives,
the tree is filled with green buds,
promising a host of leaves,
and abundant fruit.

References:
Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

Copyright 2016 MaryBeth Mullin

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