In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). Heavenly Father, thank You for the beautiful description of the man or woman who is like a tree firmly planted by streams of living water, yielding the blessed fruit of righteousness and prospering through Your never-failing provision. חטּא, instead of which חטא is usually found) sinners, ἁμαρτωλοί, who pass their lives in sin, especially coarse and manifest sin; לצים (from לוּץ, as מת from מוּת) scoffers, who make that which is divine, holy, and true a subject of frivolous jesting. May we be like the tree in Psalm 1 that is planted; grows; prospers and produces the precious fruit of righteousness... receiving God's never-failing supply of nourishment and limitless refreshment from His streams of living water. Psalm 1:3(NASB) -- This is an allusion to the Eastern method of cultivation, by which rivulets of water are made to flow between the rows of trees, and thus, by artificial means, the trees receive a constant supply of moisture. The perff. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The final promise in this verse is success in all he does - "for in whatever he does, he will prosper". The whole land of Egypt was anciently sluiced in this manner, and it was in this way that its extraordinary fertility was secured. Unlike the other psalms, Psalm 1 has no title1. 2 Every day I will praise you. If a man desires permanent prosperity and happiness, it is to be found only in the ways of virtue and religion. The clause ועלהוּ לא יבּול is the other half of the relative clause: and its foliage does not fall off or wither (נבל like the synon. Psychol. His roots are deeply embedded in the truth of God's word, and his sustenance flows from multiple streams of God's eternal provision. Arab. He is the man who rests in Christ and he is the one in whom the Lord Himself abides, for he produces the beautiful fruit of righteousness at the right time and in the best way. The Psalm begins with the joy of Christ in resurrection (Psalms 40:1; Psalms 40:2). Bibl. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. "And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." In verses 4-5, it's saying that people who don't live well - who are ungodly - will not be saved. For though we know our interest in the promise, yet are we so tried and troubled, that sight sees the very reverse of what that promise foretells. It is conceivable that a righteous man - a man profoundly and sincerely fearing God - may sometimes form plans that will not be wise; it is conceivable that he may lose his wealth, or that he may be involved in the calamities that come upon a people in times of commercial distress, in seasons of war, of famine, and pestilence; it is conceivable that he may be made to suffer loss by the fraud and dishonesty of other men; but still as a general and as a most important truth, a life of piety will be followed by prosperity, and will constantly impart happiness. (q) Vid. . In distinction from נטוּע, according to Jalkut 614, שׁתוּל means firmly planted, so that no winds that may rage around it are able to remove it from its place (אין מזיזין אתו ממקומו). Psalms 1:3 NIV That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1(KJV) Verse Thoughts Such a man is living in the world but is not enticed by the things of the world, nor is he influenced by the mind-set of the worldly men, who live in defiant rebellion against God and holds His anointed Son in such contempt. The 40th Psalm speaks of Messiah, Jehovah's Servant, obedient unto death. NIV: New International Version The prosperity in his verse is the not the compromised gospel that is taught in the emerging Churches.. nor is it the alternative 'prosperity' gospel of 'health and wealth' teachings. God’s ways are awesome and high. A. Thank You that I have all I need for life and godliness and I pray... that all I do and everything I say is done for Your greater praise and glory. In this first Psalm, the inner meaning is pretty close to the surface. "He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water. We are to be a living testament of God's goodness and grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are to avoid partnership with the enemy camp, which can lead to a compromise of the truth of the glorious gospel of God, The man who is identified as truly blessed is the one who delights in the Scriptures and meditates, day and night on God's word. These were sung at Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, but had the greatest significance at Passover, which celebrated the Jews’ deliverance from Egypt (compare Exodus chapters 12-14). In them God shows that He will … His leaf will not wither; and in whatever he does - he will prospers.". The image is that of a tree abundantly watered, and that was flourishing. We often, like Jehoshaphat, make ships to go to Tarshish for gold, but they are broken at Ezion-geber; but even here there is a true prospering, for it is often for the soul's health that we should be poor, bereaved, and persecuted. 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