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None but the temperate, the regular, and the virtuous know how to enjoy prosperity. Fruit is that part of the tree which belongs not to the individual, but to the race. They have truly learned that first lesson of the Cross of Christ. Not only does he do good to others, but he gets good to himself. His duties come to him in natural order — one at a time. He took it in hand and dealt with it, and that was the beginning of its prosperity. The not being scandalous will no more make a good Christian than a cipher will make a sum. You have to use a microscope or magnifying glass, and then you can see them. So ridicule often slays religion in the soul. spiritual delight be known? 2. The perfect man is important to society, to home, to national life. It is reflected back upon him from everyone whom he makes happy. Jerome in the Latin Vulgate called Psalm 1 “The Preface of the Holy Spirit.” THE FINISHING STAGE OF WICKEDNESS. The Christian is so. ITS FRUITFULNESS. The word means "perfectly balanced in all its parts." PSALM 1:1-3. That God has so graciously arranged the conditions of happiness or misery that it is dependent upon each one's personal choice. Carnal objects do oft cause a loathing and nauseating. IV. EACH IS MYSTERIOUS. 26 24 This utter and whole-hearted surrender of ourselves to the Lord is the first sign of the blessed life. Recent Articles. 0000006035 00000 n 3). — Flattering and deceptive. For two hours the man continued word for word without a mistake as the professor sat in stunned silence. Seek goodness, and the happiness will come. I. Standing. In nature it is only through the fading of the leaf that the fruit ripens. Of their society and company keeping.Ver. The ungodly having no solidity, nothing substantial in themselves, are compared to "chaff," which is light and empty and easily carried away. 3. 2. Counsel — that is, the thought or creed of the ungodly. 0000008184 00000 n And remember —. It surrendered itself wholly and utterly to the husbandman. Doubtless it stands for this. Grand Rapids: Baker, Grand Rapids, 2003. By the law of vegetable life (ver. The Word gives the believer freedom. 3. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (vv. This is true in science, in art, in speculation, and in religion. Here means restless people.2. — Boisterous and popular. He meditates in them. Here the works and words are interwoven. (Homiletic Review.). All the duties of religion are for our good. The rivers told of are not natural rivers, but artificial streams made for the purpose of irrigation. With all this the life of the ungodly is contrasted (vers. Counsel. The remembrance of a truth without the serious meditation of it will but create matter of sorrow another day. — Secondary.3. Those that delight in religion are often speaking of it. He meditates ill it in the "day" of prosperity, and does not forget to do so in the "night" of adversity. Live over your meditation. (Frank S. True godliness does not reduce men to a dead level. The first psalm is the introduction to the Book of Ps alms. Songs That Shape the Heart and Mind. THERE IS FRUIT APPROPRIATE TO EACH SEASON. Introduction. "Shall prosper." Monday Club Sermons: Psalm 1:1-6: Things Marred by Ungodliness: Sir Richard Baker. In contrast we have the "ungodly man." 1. The secular cares of this world are, of necessity, upon us. In the Word of God he has found peace. The perfect man is important to society, to home, to national life. Entering into meditation may be hard, but once entered it is sweet and pleasant. A. 1. A man who "will not" take counsel toward God "cannot" at last. Righteous men should have beauty of character. 4. Scorners. And if it is broken by storms or felled to the ground it often reconstructs its building, and rears itself again with all its wonderful ducts, and tissues, and breathing pores, like to the pattern which it bore before. It will be found that God nourishes His men as He does the fruits of the earth, to meet the demands of special seasons; and that in each individual character Divine graces fructify as the occasion demands: courage for seasons of danger, patience for seasons of suffering, strength for seasons of trial, wisdom for seasons of difficulty; ill short, the beautiful fitness of godliness is no less remarkable than its fruitfulness. Separation from the ungodly is one of them. The godly man is not like a tree that grows wild. Mr. Darwin confessed himself "atrophied" toward music, painting, poetry, etc., through the so constant using of himself in ways simply scientific. We must needs be in the world — not dreamers among the shadows, but men among men. "His delight is in"; a diligent student. 0000002537 00000 n "He shall be like a tree." "His leaf also shall not wither." Join Now: 1-800-777-7731 Sermon Help | Illustrations | Church Resources | … The will of God, for this law is nothing else. There is the man of God; the law of his God is an authority supreme, that knows no argument, no exception, no choice. Some trees have perfect proportions. These are small openings through the outer skin of the leaf into the air chambers within, making a direct communication between the whole interior of the leaf and the air outside. It is a serious and solemn thinking upon God (Hebrews), with intentness to recollect and gather together the thoughts. They have an inward prosperity even when the outward one is wanting. Happiness is the flower and fruit of piety. 3). May our response to His saving power be a life of gratitude, joy, and obedience in Christ. For example, I have read. Its leaf shall not wither. Rowland.). I. "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh." Importance. Go you to yours, and let it be the company which gathers round the Lord. A promise annexed for our better encouragement, which expresseth God's wonderful goodness, and our dulness and heaviness, that have need of such spurs. There is also in it the promise of continuance. 2. Why, in the commonest garden vegetable there is a force capable of lifting an enormous weight. The sermon below “The Fast Lane or the Right Path” was excerpted from James Boice. That of the good, from God. A great part of a tree is underground. You are not to waste time in admiring or envying other men's modes of power, but to give your whole energy to the development of your own mode of power. I beseech you by the living God, tremble and repent. "By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Which are we? 28 0 obj<>stream 6). Who can stand with Him? That of the good, from God. Resist them.1. And there are —. Meditate in the "Law of the Lord." Choose Christian friendships, for companionship is the leaven of our lives and solitude their bane. And what is it to rest on if not on sound principles? "The rivers" are running streams. "And all that he does shall prosper." On the under side of every leaf of every tree, or shrub, or other plant there are thousands of little breathing holes or mouths. It is firmly rooted in the soil. Godliness is great gain.". Such lives are ever a blessing. There is no profit in it. I do not claim to be original in this sermon. It is not, however, habitual, and it is involuntary. BLESSED IS THE GODLY PERSON. 2. 2. A TERRIBLE COMPARISON. Now the woods need all the kinds of trees that God has made; and the world wants all the kinds of people that God has sent into it. DESIRE YOU RATHER AS THEIR PREY THAN THEIR FRIEND. His delight is in," etc. — Initiatory.2. 0000011958 00000 n I. He "meditates on the law of the Lord "day and night.". I got alot of information from other sources including sermons from Sermon Central. This life is rooted well. There is nothing to excite pleasurable emotions in the ungodly. It is driven away. He expects you to bear fruit. Soundness of judgment. ... 20 – Sermons 70+ – Illustrations / Stories 21 – Children's Sermons / Resources 13 – Worship Resources 12 – Commentary / Exegesis 4 – Pastor's Devotions "His delight," etc. 3. As yon helpers in various forms of Christian work; sitting side by side with the godly. II. (ii) In the result of the contrast. Sooner or later a principle brings forth its fruit in due season. Symmetry. A CHEERING INTIMATION OF THE HAPPY END WHICH AWAITS THE RIGHTEOUS. "I have written to you," says the apostle. Its leaf shall not wither. Chaff cannot be turned, even in our inventive age, to any beneficial purpose. refuse to practise wrongly, "way of sinners." This man loves to think of what he loves. If we would toil so to bring the living waters of God's Word into the moral desert of our souls, what a reclamation of waste places there would be, what lives like trees bearing fruit! 2. Two reasons for this — to hold the tree in its place, and to nourish the tree. And the young are ignorant and unsuspicious. Planted means purpose. 3. In just six short verses we learn the secret of the life God blesses. The tree draws a portion of its nourishment from the surrounding atmosphere, but relatively this is small. 1. Not the Mosaic, not the ceremonial law, for which God often cared nothing; but the law according to which the Lord hath ordered all things. Worthless. And all the trees, so many kinds of which we can see around us in the forests, though they have different forms and characteristics, and are put to different uses, still contribute, each its share, to fulfilling the plans and perfecting the work which God gave them to do upon the earth. The Turkish Government has let them fall into decay, and hence Palestine is now nearly desert. NOTE THE FORCE OF THE IMAGE EMPLOYED. 1. 0000001442 00000 n Indeed, to the eye of faith, these are one: the latter is but the continuation of the former. One of the most wonderful things about the trees is the way in which they breathe. There is not only a rock to hold on to, but there is the river to refresh it. 0000003108 00000 n — Flattering and deceptive. Sustenance. THREE DEGREES OF TRANSGRESSION. That of the good, from God. this atrophy of thought is just as possible in religious directions. He is always planted by rivers of water. Way. That true happiness is not the result of chance, but of law — fundamental, immutable, Divine. In their very work they find something to engage their energy, quicken their enthusiasm, and develop their power. %%EOF 4-6):(i) As shown in the reason of the contrast. A mighty oak is perfect, because it has been tried. Counsel. Psalm 1:3: A Tree by the River: Sarah Smiley. As divinely known. "He being dead, yet speaketh." (ii) In the result of the contrast. The symmetrical man is one who has attended to the development of the mind, body, and spirit.6. ), (3)good books.4. 0000009289 00000 n But the herbs and the trees will never lack for water while these streams are preserved, and as long as the snows abide on the hills which lift their white peaks against the distant sky. The ungodly having no solidity, nothing substantial in themselves, are compared to "chaff," which is light and empty and easily carried away. With all this the life of the ungodly is contrasted (vers. As to rules about meditation — Be very serious about the work. What is meant by delight in the law? In ver. Their fruit is important. Psalms 1-41: An Exposition of the Psalms. A young man will do well who makes an honourable union the goal of his industry; and let her whose troth is challenged have nought to do with one whose life is stained with an unmanly taint. 1. Reduce it to practice. Not so the ungodly. We should be careful to eat and drink those things which will give us sound bodies. LESSONS FROM THESE CONTRASTED PICTURES. But the secret of true happiness is moral nonconformity. Note the Permanence: Planted. The curse on Meroz was for not coming to the help of the Lord. We know what it is to drink of the rivers of Christ's fulness. ), (2)good companions;(3)good books.4. Some are early, some are late. Purge out the delight of sin. He reads "with delight." Conducted by its light, we real) the pleasures and, at the same time, escape the dangers of a prosperous state. His modes of revelation are as many as the characters and circumstances of men, and as varied; and He does not mean that His lowliest servant shall work under the shadow of a doubt, whether he is in his place or not. Beware, therefore, of the scornful as well as of the openly sinful. To him there is nothing good in this life. This law may be thus stated: Every effect must have an adequate cause. It must be measured by God's rule, not man's. So will the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The controlling thing in a man is his topmost love. Another very interesting branch of our subject is in regard to the habits or instincts of the trees. A river in the East is an artery of life. These songs are commanded to be sung by God's people in both the Old and New Testaments. The way to appreciate the beauty of Murillo's picture of the Immaculate Conception is not to approach it with spatula and ammonia for purposes of minute analysis, but to gaze upon it until we are filled with the mighty thoughts that went surging through the soul of the master genius who painted it. The same is found in Psalm 92:13 — "Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God." You must be "planted," that is, "transplanted." The mind apprehends a beauty in God's law, now the judgment draws the affections, like so many orbs, after it. Meditation is a duty imposed. God gives the tree its nature, and plants it where it can best develop its nature, and looks for fruit according to its nature and place. When we fail the fault is ours, or if it be not, then the failure is for the sake of the success it shall lead to. 3. With all this the life of the ungodly is contrasted (vers. Because here is the root, everything else is the fruit, i.e., the result of one living close to God by living in His eternal, infallible, sure, true and tried Word. The opinion that wickedness, particularly some kinds of it, are manly and becoming; that dissoluteness, infidelity, and blasphemy are indications of a sprightly and a strong mind. To you who have no such delight, this law of the Lord, which was designed to be your delight, will become your scourge. 26 0 obj <> endobj The character of the ungodly is self-evolved from their own nature. Close to the grain, and yet only chaff. 1. It has sprung from no stray seed which the wind may have wafted hither, or some bird carried and dropped where grows the tree. 1);(ii)of the good to which he is attracted (ver. Religion affords to good men peculiar security in the enjoyment of their prosperity. An uprooted tree cannot bear fruit; so a soul whose faith and love are torn away from God cannot be happy or prosperous. 2. 5. By which also we may see the right use of God's promises, namely, to provoke us to all well-doings (1 Corinthians 7:1).Ver. Psalm 1 Biblical Illustrator ... in a recent sermon, recalls the fact that while we are careful to do our utmost to protect great buildings from fire and tempest, yet all the while those buildings are liable to another peril, certainly not less severe — the subtle decay … "Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." They are perfectly contented with their lot. He knows whom he has believed, and is persuaded that that will hold though winds may blow and rains may heat. He is not a pressed soldier, but a volunteer. As to his death — it is like a furrow in the sea. He will be sure to speak of it. It wants the hydrogen and oxygen which the water can furnish, and it will have them if it can possibly get them. 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