The way of righteousness and the lordship of Christ (Psalm 1:1‐2:12)

The first chapter of Psalms teaches us about the way of righteousness and the second chapter,  affirms Jesus’s Christ’s lordship.

Righteousness is studying God’s word and avoiding evil and it is rewarding. Wickedness will lead to condemnation.

If you would like to be righteous, do the following:

  1. Study God’s words by reading it and thinking deeply or carefully about what it says as often as possible.
  2. Find pleasure in doing what it says. From Deuteronomy 28:47 we can infer that God desires us to serve Him “with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart.”

Do not do the following:

  1. Listen to advice from people who have shown themselves to be wicked or do what they do. A wicked person is a person who has purposed to excise godliness from his or her life. You can not lead a life of obedience to God when you are under the influence of ungodly people. Guard your mind and heart.
  2. Adopt a contemptuous attitude. This means that you should not be scornful, disdainful, disrespectful, insulting, insolent, derisive, mocking, sneering, scoffing, withering, scathing, snide; condescending, supercilious, haughty, proud, superior, arrogant, dismissive, aloof, high and mighty, snotty, or sniffy in your outlook.

This chapter finishes off by affirming that a righteous life is a rewarding life. The evil one and this world would like to impress on you that living a righteous life is filled with hardship and lost opportunities and in certain situations it indeed does. But the scriptures always affirm that a life of righteousness is a much happier life than an ungodly one.

In addition to being happy in this life, the chapter concludes by reminding us that the righteous will avoid the condemnation that awaits the wicked in the end of days.

The kingdom of God will be established on Earth through Jesus Christ and those that seek to oppose it will be destroyed.

Chapter 2 is about the attitude of the world to the person of Jesus Christ. It states that the people in power in this world have rebelled against God and Jesus Christ. However, God’s purposes, especially regarding Jesus Christ, shall be fulfilled and the powers shall be defeated. The chapter concludes by advising the kings of this world to pay homage in purity to Jesus Christ.

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