Walking in the Wisdom of God (Psalm 1)

We’re taking a break from the gospel of Luke over the summer to explore a selection of Psalms that speak to our vision at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. This past Sunday we took a look at Psalm 1, which speaks to the necessity of wisdom.

Psalm 1 begins with the phrase, “Blessed is the man.”

  • What does it mean to be blessed?
  • How does Psalm 1 help us grow into the blessedness that Jesus describes in Luke 6:20-26?

Psalm 1 teaches us that wisdom consists in resisting the foolish path of the wicked (v.1)

  • How would you define the counsel of the wicked, the way of sinners, and the seat of scoffers? Be practical in your definition by giving examples.
  • Notice the progression of walk, stand, and sit in verse 1. What does this teach us about the pathway of foolishness?

Psalm 1 teaches us that wisdom consists in taking the wise path of the law (v.2)

  • What does it mean to delight in the law of the Lord?
  • What does it mean to meditate day and night on the law of the Lord?

Psalm 1 contrasts the fruit of the wise life with the fruit of the foolish life in verses 3-4.

  • Why is the metaphor of the tree an appropriate metaphor for the discussion of wisdom and foolishness?
  • Compare and contrast the two trees of verses 3 and 4. Give an example from your own life of how foolishness has withered your life, or how wisdom has enriched your life. What are you doing now to nurture the fruit of wisdom in your life?

Psalm 1 closes by contrasting the end of the wise life with that of the foolish life in verses 5-6.

  • When you look at your life in the present and consider the end of life, are you encouraged or fearful? The wise life lives in light of the eternity. Can that be said of you? Take time to discuss this with your spouse or a close friend. Consider changes that need to occur in your life. In the gospel, pray and plan unto wisdom for the changes ahead.

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