Commentary for Psalms 1

David was the penman of most of the psalms, but some evidently were composed by other writers, and the writers of some are doubtful. But all were written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; and no part of the Old Testament is more frequently quoted or referred to in the New. Every psalm either points directly to Christ, in his person, his character, and offices; or may lead the believer's thoughts to Him. And the psalms are the language of the believer's heart, whether mourning for sin, thirsting after God, or rejoicing in Him. Whether burdened with affliction, struggling with temptation, or triumphing in the hope or enjoyment of deliverance; whether admiring the Divine perfections, thanking God for his mercies, mediating on his truths, or delighting in his service; they form a Divinely appointed standard of experience, by which we may judge ourselves. Their value, in this view, is very great, and the use of them will increase with the growth of the power of true religion in the heart. By the psalmist's expressions, the Spirit helps us to pray. If we make the psalms familiar to us, whatever we have to ask at the throne of grace, by way of confession, petition, or thanksgiving, we may be assisted from thence. Whatever devout affection is working in us, holy desire or hope, sorrow or joy, we may here find words to clothe it; sound speech which cannot be condemned. In the language of this Divine book, the prayers and praises of the church have been offered up to the throne of grace from age to age.

The holiness and happiness of a godly man. (1-3) The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason of both. (4-6)

1-3 To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. For this purpose no time is amiss.

4-6 The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly!

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 1

  • Unknown on Psalms 1
    How do i know im saved
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on Psalms 1
    Confidence in salvation is the possession of believers,that is,what Christ did on the cross was not just for the world,but for you in particular.Has God made himself known to you as your Savior,yes or no?You never earn salvation and you never deserve it. God in his mercy withholds immediate judgement for your sins and is gracious in giving his love/son to sinners.Has God made himself known to you as your Savior,yes or no? Everything in your life is secondary to the answer of that question, yes or no. God awaits your answer,now.
  • Unknown - in Reply on Psalms 1
    what do you mean by Has God made himself known to you as your Savior? how can i know if he did
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on Psalms 1:6
    God awaits your answer now, speak with him alone from your heart.Did Jesus die for YOUR sins?What you want from God, you have to speak with him about.
  • WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT JESUS - in Reply on Psalms 1
    God is not going to bring us to himself with any kind of gimmick.

    He sent HIS WORD. He sent Jesus the Son of God. Through Jesus's death on the Cross and Resurrection 3 days later. Jesus was born through a virgin. Babies have their Fathers blood type; not the mothers blood type. His blood was PURE from the sin of humankind. That's why His blood was powerful enough to save and heal the whole world....(past, present, future). IF THEY BELIEVE.

    Every Walmart in America sells Bibles. The Bible is how we learn WHO Jesus is. Why does HE love us?

    If you go into it with a "what can Jesus do for me? Can he make me rich? Make me look like King David? You're not going to feel the Love.

    We give Jesus OUR SINFUL lives and receive HIS SINLESS life. Good trade? It cost Him everything!! He suffered huge, and He did it for YOU.

    You should watch the movie that Mel Gibson made called: THE PASSION. It is so realistic; I felt sick, I cried for days.

    That's just a movie. Jesus lived that; he died; He was resurrected!! He is alive!

    He sees you right now, reading this.

    As soon as you say YES, your life will be changed.

    This website has different helps to study with. You may want to look over the one that asks if you seek salvation. Good to know what it's all about.

    He's coming back soon so don't wait too long to make a decision. He's alive. He's closer than you can imagine.

    I pray with all my heart that you would find Jesus the same way I did.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 1
    You compare your experience with John 3, when Jesus was talking to Nicodemas
  • Mary Wilson on Psalms 1:5
    In Psalms 1:5 does this mean that people who are not saved will not stand before Jesus on judgement day? I never thought about this,I guess why would they,after all they will be in hell or on the way to hell.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 1:5
    Jesus oversees the Bema Seat judgement of born again believers: with rewards, loss of rewards, or Crowns.

    God oversees the Great White Throne Judgement.
  • Mishael on the Judgment Seat of Christ - in Reply on Psalms 1:5
    2 Corinthians 5:10, this is the Bema Seat judgment of Christ, for believers who accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord. It's like a review of your life as a Christian on Earth.

    It is to receive rewards or to lose rewards.

    "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

    There will be crowns given for various things. Which I think I read that we will place the crowns at the feet of Jesus.

    It's a solemn occasion, but also a happy event. You're not going to lose your salvation.

    What we learn from the New Testament is HOW to follow Jesus and become a disciple.

    How did we respond to his teaching? when I was hungry; you fed me. When I was naked, you clothed me. When I was sick, you visited me, etc. There's all kinds of ministries we can join or support with our giving, or time. Be generous and do not begrudge having to do it. You do it as unto Jesus, and no others. It is not for personal glory. It's about the blessings of obedience.

    I think in 1 Corinthians 12, we see that we can ask the Holy Spirit for gifts or administrations, for the purpose of relieving suffering and lack in believers and the unsaved. That perhaps by your love and mercy, the unsaved will come to Jesus through your ministry to them. It is so simple to ask them if you can lead them in a prayer of repentance and to receive Jesus as their Savior too. The soul winners Crown.

    A year ago I set myself down to really study all that Jesus said; how he related to all people; the religious; the demonic; the public in general. We have to slow down from speed reading, to actually process how Jesus was ministering and teaching His Disciples. Jesus is the Son of Man: all God and all man in one body. He set aside his power as Gods Son, to be amongst humankind. How do you respond to that? We're not saved to just occupy a pew on Sunday. Search ourselves...
  • Bob Hilt on Psalms 1:6
    Someone sent this to me. I have loosely titled: Tolerance of evil.

    "Our great and mighty God, who created all things; even evil

    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)

    Has pulled the plug on this evil world. He ALLOWED all this to happen....ok if you don't want Me in your nation and you allow your enemies to invade your land with their idols and their sorceries and witchcraft and gods of wood and gods of stone who neither see nor want to pass your children through the fire of abortion and have your men marry men and your women marry women....

    And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Revelation 18:2)

    ....and I will send a famine, not just of food but also of the more will the voice of the Bride be heard or the voice of the want to kick me out of your nation.....welcome to your New Boss

    Judgment begins at the house of the Lord then the cup of His indignation is poured out on everyone else, who have taken the mark and who blaspheme the Most High. Woe unto them"


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