The Delight of the Righteous
Pastor Brent Whitefield
Introduction: In this preface to the Psalter, we see the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked explained and juxtaposed. The righteousness that is the gift of God to the believer confers not only changed destiny but a new way of life. The foundation of the righteousness that brings blessing is always knowledge of and fidelity to the Word of God.
Questions For Discussion & Discovery
1. What does meditation on the law look like for the believer?
2. In what ways is the righteous like the tree planted by water?
3. Does this psalm condemn keeping company with sinners? How can this be reconciled with the behavior of Jesus towards sinners?
4. How is it possible to rejoice in the grace of God while at the same time delighting in the law?
5. Does this psalm promise material prosperity to all who live righteously?
6. Is the judgment mentioned in verse 5 an earthly one or a spiritual one?
1. Read Psalm 1.
2. 01. The righteous person is careful in regard to choice of companions and sources of spiritual and moral input.
3. Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians
4. 02. The righteousness person knows and loves the word of God, and examines himself and all claims of truth in its light.
5. “There is but one precious pearl, and he has found it, whose love and desire is towards the law of the Lord, and who separates himself from the ungodly – all succeeds well with him. But whosoever does not find this pearl, though he should seek with ever so much pains and labor the way to blessedness, he shall never find it.” – Martin Luther
6. 03. Though the Scriptures affirm the judgment of God upon the unrighteous, wickedness confers its own punishments.
7. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire. – Matthew 3:12
8. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11