Psalms 1-2 :: Warren Wiersbe
Preface to God’s Hymnal – Psalm 1
Have you ever read the preface to the hymnal used in your church? Very few people ever do. All we’re concerned about is singing the songs. The preface to God’s hymnal (the Book of Psalms) is Psalm 1. It begins with a word we use so often—blessed. God blesses individuals. Nowhere does Scripture tell us that God blesses programs or promotions. He blesses people. He blessed Abraham so Abraham might be a blessing to others. And God blesses you so you might bless others.
What you delight in is what will direct your life. What delights you will eventually direct you, so be careful what you enjoy. The blessed person delights in the law of the Lord (v. 2). He delights so much in the Word of God that he meditates on it during the day. Meditation is to your soul what digestion is to your body. It means assimilating the Word of God.
The blessed person is like a tree (v. 3). A tree has roots. The most important part of your life is your “root system.” Don’t be like the ungodly, who are like chaff (v. 4). Chaff doesn’t have any roots. It is blown away by every wind that comes along. You don’t want to be that kind of person. Your root system is important because it determines your nourishment. It also determines your stability and your strength when the storm comes and the wind starts to blow.
People can’t see your root system, but God can. Praying and meditating on the Word of God will cause you roots to go down deep into the love of God.
When God Laughs – Psalm 2
Are you surprised to learn that God laughs? “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision” (v. 4). God has a sense of humor, but this laughter is the kind that is born of judgment. It’s the laughter of derision, the laughter of irony. What is God laughing at? He’s laughing at puny little kings and rulers who have united to shake their fists at the throne of God and tell God they don’t want Him to rule over them (vv. 2, 3). God laughs at them because He knows man cannot survive without submitting to his authority. Man is made in the image of God. If he fights against God, man is fighting against himself because he is made in God’s image. Man tries to make God in his own image. He thinks God can be treated with disdain and disobedience. And God laughs.
You and I can laugh when we read the headlines or watch the TV reports. We see a world in turmoil, a world united against God. But we can laugh because God is still on the throne. “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion” (v. 6). Jesus Christ is God’s king, and He is on the throne. Therefore, you and I can look at the nations as they are in turmoil, as they unite against God, and we can smile—in fact, we can laugh. They are fighting a losing battle. Jesus Christ is on the throne of the universe, and we who are Christians are seated with Him on that throne.
© Warren Wiersbe