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Sep 25, 2016


Psalm 1:1-6


An Appeal to Our Mind & Heart . . .

  • The Psalms are instructive regarding how we think, specifically in . . . (Illus.:  making a mess by not following the instructions)
    • How we relate to God.
    • How we relate to others.
    • How to live life.


  • The Psalms are meant to stir the affections and feelings of our heart and align them with the truth of God’s instruction.


Delighting in the World . . .

  • When you disregard God’s instruction and delight in the world, it wrongly influences how you think and feel about God, others, and life.
    • Walking in the counsel of the wicked doesn’t bring happiness.

“Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.  Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.  Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.”  Proverbs 4:13-15

  • Standing in the way of sinners doesn’t bring happiness.

“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”  Proverbs 1:10

  • Sitting in the seat of scoffers doesn’t bring happiness.

“’Scoffer’ is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts in arrogant pride.”  Proverbs 21:24

“Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.”  Proverbs 29:8


“There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  Proverbs 16:25


  • Delighting in the world never leads to happiness.


Delighting in the Word . . .

  • When you delight in God’s instruction, it rightly influences how you think and feel about God, others, and life.
    • A daily discipline in God’s word will awaken your delight for Him.


 “The battle to avoid the counsel of the wicked and the way of the sinner and the seat of the scoffer — the battle to be righteous and holy and humble — is a fight that is won by delight.”  John Piper


  • The measure of your obedience to God will be determined by the depth of your delight in God.


Where I Am . . .