July 7, 2013 Sermon Notes
psalms // psalm 1
July 7, 2013 SERMON NOTES
Introduction to the Book of Psalms
Aim of the book of Psalms: The psalms are no longer just songs to be sung in worship or even heartfelt prayers with which we resonate emotionally in our own heart. Even more, they are a source of God’s word to us — a word that must be considered carefully and incorporated daily into the very fabric of our lives.
1. Different Allegiances (Psalm 1:1-2)
A. The allegiance of the ungodly: themselves.
i. Realize our own sinfulness. Just how narrow is the line that separates us from immersing ourselves in sinfulness
ii. Remember our godliness is a display of God’s grace to us and good news to others.
B. The allegiance of the godly: God’s Word: Deuteronomy 6:6-9
2. Different Results (Psalm 1:3-4)
A. Fruitful: Jeremiah 17:7-8
Gerald Wilson writes that it’s this Word of God that invites “God’s healing, revealing, confronting, forgiving love to penetrate the darkest corners of our secret places …”
3. Different Endings (Psalm 1:5-6)
A. Eternal Separation from God and his community.
B. The security, joy and intimacy of God forever.