Sunday School lesson. June 21
The title of Today’s lesson is : The Bible speaks to Individuals. Psalms 1 and Psalm 119
Some quotes from todays Lesson.
(1) And while the Word is meant to be studied, God also intends that we meditate on it regularly.
(See psalm 1:2). We need to engage the word with our minds and apply it to our hearts.
(2) Key verse: Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. Psalm 119:98
(3) Note that in both Psalm 1 and Psalm 119, the psalmist referred to meditating upon the Word. This can speak to silently contemplating what it means as well as how we can apply it’s teachings to our lives. Meditating on the word involves listening for God’s voice to speak to us regarding his Word. As we listen to God, we prepare to put the word he has given us into action.
(4) Psalm 1 offers a helpful portrayal of the challenges God’s people might encounter as they walk with him and reject the ways of the world. In doing so, it offers valuable instruction on how believers can respond to the enemies of faith.
(5) The word can produce within us a blessing that stabilizes our lives, even as it calls us to live in stark contrast with the world.
(6). “ Instructions from psalm 1:1”
(a) “Walking” in the counsel of the ungodly means hearing and heeding the words of those who do not honor God. It involves allowing the values of the world to sway the believer.
(b) “Standing” in the way of sinners is a reference to dwelling and abiding with the wicked person who does not respect the Law of God.
(c) The progression then moves from abiding in the proximity of sin to “sitting with” the scornful. Those who mock God and his ways. At this point, the person has become comfortable with both the presence of sin and it’s effect upon a person.
(7) The Godly alternative to this progression is clear: Delight, or find joy, in Gods commands. (verse 2). Indeed, the follower of God is to meditate on the commands of his law.
(8) There are many ways to meditate on the word: praying the Scriptures, singing Scripture in various forms of worship. Participating in the study of scripture in small groups, and taking moments to ponder the significance of the Word. Ultimately, we are to apply the Word to our daily lives.
(9) In Psalm 1: 3-6, the psalmist continued to use contrast in highlighting the differences between following the Word and rejecting the Word. The actions of those who find delight in the Word will lead to stability, as seen in the vivid word picture of verse 3. In view here is a tree securely planted alongside a source of constant provision and nourishment. Such a tree is strong and will remain strong because of its place beside the river.
(10) This picture stands in stark contrast to that which is painted of the ungodly - the mockers of the Word- in verse 4 . They are compared to chaff, the outer layer of wheat kernels that is blown away by the wind, on the threshing floor. This describes a state of utter instability and ultimately destruction.
(11) Believers can aspire to follow God’s Word as they listen to the leading of the Spirit. This involves a resolve to turn from sin and toward God. In verses 4-5, the psalmist prays for help to walk in his ways. God is faithful to grant us the help we need.
(12) Scripture memorization is an often forgotten discipline, yet it is extremely valuable. ( A good example is found in the story of Christ’s temptation in Mathew 4:1-11). As we study the Word intently, applying its teachings, we prepare ourselves to stay strong in good times and weather the hard times in our Christian Lives.