So I was helping my Bubby memorize Psalm 1 for her Bible Study group a few weeks ago. As we kept on repeating and repeating the verses, it was like a nail being hammered to me as I found these verses more beautiful than I have initially thought.
Here are my notes on the 1st Psalm.
I could see the regenerate heart as being described in this verse as the one blessed.
Blessed with the changed heart from the one which was stone and now flesh. (Ezk 36:26, Jer 31:33)
This change of heart would then result for this man to just avoid the counsel of the wicked, the way of sinners and the seat of scoffers.
The regenerate man would then do the unthinkable in this culture as he would just delight upon the law of the Lord and on it he will meditate day and night.
All moral and ethical decision will come and will and can be matched side by side with the instruction and direction that the Lord would instruct to this man.
The regenerate man is then likened to a tree planted by streams of water.
This tree would continually get and be replenished by the water that doesn’t stop running. So is this man who never stops placing his whole being towards the direction and instruction of the Lord.
As Jer 31:33 says that the people of the new covenant has the law written on their hearts so that to them it would be possible for them to follow these laws.
These would then yield fruit in its season. Good or bad season you would see that this man would just delight and turn to scripture as he would tackle the changes that happens externally.
He’ll not wither but will prosper as his heart is just molded by the love Christ has for him.
The unregenerate man would then be compared to a chaff that the wind blows easily.
In comparison the the regenerate man who is like a tree by streams of water, the unregenerate man has no roots and is taken away easily.
you could see this man described in the three instances in the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13:18-22) You could see that the world/Scripture is not deeply rooted or this man is not in delight of what the Lord instructs and how easy these words are taken away from him.
And this is why he is likened to a chaff that the wind quickly blows away. Any tug of unrighteousness or anything that is of this world can easily sway this man.
a line is now drawn between the regenerate and the unregenerate man as the righteous can stand in judgement as the wicked couldn’t and the sinners could not be in mixture with those of the righteous.
You can now see why the regenerate man is blessed in v1 as the Lord (v6) clearly guides the the way of the righteous and holds them by the hand and establishes each step (Prov 16:9).
The way of the wicked will just continue down the path it is heading toward which is destruction. (Prov 2:13-15)