Personal Bible Study

Psalm 1:1-6

(Psa 1:1 NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

(Psa 1:2 NIV) but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

(Psa 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.

(Psa 1:4 NIV) Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

(Psa 1:5 NIV) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

(Psa 1:6 NIV) For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

The Righteous

What makes one to be godly? See verse 1. The one who does not walk in the ‘way’ of the wicked. But we are all wicked in some way! Does this mean if I walk with sinners I will also be a sinner? Does it mean if I walk, or stand or sit with the wicked I will automatically be one of them? These are the questions that come to my brain when reading this. Jesus sat, and even ate with sinners! Did this make him to be one of them? I think there is a big difference between a sinner and his sinful ways. Sinners are people, loved by God. And if God is in us, we should love them just as Jesus did.

But, we should not do like they do! Jesus ate with sinners, he possibly talked and walked with them. But this never made him a sinner (2 Cor. 5:21).

  • S/He does not do what? Check the answers in verses 1
  • S/He does what day and night? See verse 2
  • What will be the rewards for the godly/righteous? Check verse 3

The sinner

  • What about the sinners? – See verses 4-6
  • They are like what? See verse 4.
  • What will be the reward for both the wicked and the godly/righteous? See verse 5-6

Conclusion

Let us love the sinners as Jesus did. But, be careful not to be sworn in! We are sinners in some degree. We are forgiven sinners. God loves us just as he loves the sinners over there. We have to show the love of Christ Jesus in how we live with others. What we say and do is important.