Such irrigating streams (Psalms 46:4) were a luxury to the people of a parching climate. Psalms 3:3 But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 21:16, 2 Sa. See note on Proverbs 21:1. prosper. Reply. Let it be what tree it will that is here meant, if Plato could say that man is a tree inverted, with the root above and the branches below, and that he is φυτον ουρανιον, a heavenly plant, γεγενημενον εκ Dιος ερνος, as another hath it (Homer); much more may we say so of a godly man, that plant of renown, rooted in Christ, and fruited by the Spirit, of a right constitution and righteous conversation, Galatians 5:25. They were to trust in the promises of futurity, though some have very erroneously asserted, that there is no mention of eternal felicity in thee holy canticles; (Berthier) Ferrand says, hardly in the Old Testament. (We say it "ry-chus ".) -- There is one tree, only to be found in the valley of the Jordan, but too beautiful to be entirely passed over; the oleander, with its bright blossoms and dark green leaves, giving the aspect of a rich garden to any spot where it grows. He shall neither lose his beauty nor his fruitfulness. be = become, or prove. They were not marked by the sacred penman. The spiritual plant of God is placed by the running waters; it is nourished and recruited by the never-failing, the perpetual, the daily and hourly, supply of their wholesome influences. "root system" a believer will wilt. This psalm has a good deal in common with Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22 and Jeremiah 17:5-13, both of which contrast the blessed condition of the righteous with the wretched condition of the unrighteous. In fact, the selection from the psalm ends … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32" Psalms 1:3 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 whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 1:1-3. A tree. Psalm 35 is a lament psalm where David is working through a problem in his life with God’s help. Psalms 3:8 (the olive), Psalms 128:3 (vine); Hosea 14:6 (olive and cedar). Drinking Deeply from the Psalms. Footnotes. And he shall be like a tree planted -- not a wild tree, but "a tree planted," chosen, considered as property, cultivated and secured from the last terrible uprooting, for "every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up:" Matthew 15:13 . 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. He said: 18 I love you, O L ord, my strength. His leaf also shall not wither; his faintest word shall be everlasting; his little deeds of love shall be had in remembrance. Psalm 1 Commentary: Verse 5 Contrasted with Verse 6 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk. a 2 Rather, the law of the LORD * is his joy;. Or rather. The tree of life is watered by the river of living waters, proceeding from the throne of God, who is the source of all grace, Apocalypse xxii. Angels unseen gather crop after crop from the unwearied, never-failing parent, and carefully store them up in heavenly treasure-houses. in a garden. Like several psalms, Psalm 85 (in some ways) seems to fit the period of Israel’s return from exile; in other ways it does not. Verse 3. Open to Psalm 35 for this Psalm 35 commentary. For this purpose no time is amiss. a river; the plural number being put for the singular, as it is Jude 12:7 Jonah 1:5, and oft elsewhere. P. Liddon, Old Testament Outlines, p. 100; Homiletic Magazine, vol. Psalm 1:3. He is "like a tree planted by the rivers of water". Browse Sermons on Psalm 1:1-3. Compare Genesis 39:3, Genesis 39:23. In his season. Commentary, Psalm 1, Patricia Tull, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2014. John 15:1-11). 1. Here is,I. A psalm of David. References: Psalms 1:3.—H. Psalms 1:3. v., No. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me] And such a shield as will never fail me. His leaf also shall not wither; the blessing of retaining an unwithered profession. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: Now, David begins by declaring his settled intention of praising the Lord for the deliverance he experienced from the Philistines. Without a healthy root system a tree will die, and without a healthy "root system" a believer will wilt. 33., and John iv. "Scripture compares humans to trees far more often than contemporary discourse does." In his season, i.e. For, as Bishop Hall says, “Look where you will in God’s Book, you shall never find any lively member of God’s house, any true Christian, compared to any but a fruitful tree.” Probably the palm meets all the conditions best. Thank you for your kind words. of It is not outward prosperity which the Christian most desires and values; it is soul prosperity which he longs for. There are praise Psalms, lament Psalms, and enthronement Psalms and all contain wisdom, of course, but as an introduction and door to the rest of the Psalms, this Psalm declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths and propositions of the Bible. Alexander Maclaren noted, “The book of Nehemiah supplies precisely such a background as fits the psalm. Verse 3. rivers = divisions irrigating a garden. (Worthington) --- And. Psalm 23:1-3 (ESV) Verses 1-3 The psalmist begins with the character and condition of a godly man, that those may first take the comfort of that to whom it belongs. And whatsoever he doeth, (or, maketh or taketh in hand) shall prosper. The blessed righteous man is like a healthy tree. This is the first psalm with a title: A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. Psalms 92:12. The Psalter begins with blessing man, and ends with praising God.’, (2) ‘The leaf is the thing of the spring time. ), The last clause, “Whatsoever he doeth, it shall,” &c, is obscure in construction. The oleander suggested by Dean Stanley (Sinai and Palestine, 146), though answering the description in many ways, fails from its want of fruit to satisfy the principal condition. They speak themselves to be works of God's hands; for they must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good. Oh, golden and admirable word! Absalom wanted to become king so he attacked David. -- 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. Even the minor exhibitions of his character are perfect after their kind, and his smallest undertaking is blessed: as explained in the next clause. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. The miserableness of sinners, and the final happiness of the godly, Psalm 1:5, Psalm 1:6. His complaints are very sad, and he pours them out before the Lord, as one that hoped thus to ease himself of a burden that lay very heaven upon him. His certain prosperity and happiness, as may be gathered from the end of this verse, and the opposite state of the ungodly, Psalms 1:4,5; that he shall have the fruit or benefit of his godly life in due time, or when it is expedient for him; possibly in this life, but assuredly in the next life. This makes the figure entire, and is sanctioned by some MSS and ancient versions. All rights reserved. But we must not always estimate the fulfilment of a promise by our own eye sight. Blessed is the man who hath such a promise as this. A psalm. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. In both cases it is God"s blessing on one"s words and works. The lectionary text has been selected from the psalm to form a parallel to the Gospel text of the day, the account of Jesus stilling the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Prodente clypeo vulneratus sum, I am betrayed by my shield, said Brasidas the Lacedaemonian, when he was wounded through it (Plutarch). But it may be the tree planted by the streams of water which bringeth forth his fruit in due season, and "whose leaf shall not wither." The Lord's trees are all evergreens. 3.Rivers of water—The word “rivers,” here, properly denotes lesser or divided “rivers,” such as proceed either from fountains, where moisture is naturally found in the dry season, (1 Kings 18:5,) or such artificial channels as abounded in Egypt and Babylonia, (see on Psalms 137:1,) and on a smaller scale in the lowlands and gardens of Palestine. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But to the eye of faith this word is sure, and by it we perceive that our works are prospered, even when everything seems to go against us. The story of Psalm 3. Whatsoever he doeth— Conformably to his character and profession. 1-3), pleas for salvation (vv. All Psalms Resources Psalm 1 Resources Psalms Commentaries & Sermons Psalms - Devotionals by Spurgeon Psalms - Devotionals by Spurgeon 2 Psalms - Our Daily Bread Psalms - Our Daily Bread 2 Psalms - Today in the Word Psalms - Today in the Word 2 Psalms - Today in the Word 3 Psalms - Our Daily Homily - F.B. so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. C.H.S. Not a "tree of the field". The blessed righteous man is like a healthy tree. It is rarely if ever alluded to in the Scriptures. Verse 3. 3. The beauties of early life, of young life, the beauties of childhood, shall never be destroyed. My friend and I were studying Psalm 27 and came upon your commentary. Martin Luther. Individuals were in the same condition as Christians. 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Psalm 1:3. Others will have it to be the palm tree, from Psalms 92:12, which likewise is always green, and very fruitful. But this blessed man, being free at all times, in all places, for every work, and to every person, will serve you whenever an opportunity is offered him; whatsoever comes into his hands to do, he does it. And, as Gregory saith, that man whose life is despised is condemned by his doctrine, for he preaches to others, and is himself reprobated. 95, is expressly said to be penned by David, and long after Moses, Heb. A Psalm of David, f the servant of the L ord, g who addressed the words of this h song to the L ord on the day when the L ord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. Planted by the rivers of water] In locis irriguis, in moist places, where most trees thrive best; understand it of those waters of the sanctuary, Ezekiel 47:12, together with those unfailing influences of grace and consolation that are in him, as a well of water bubbling up to eternal life, John 4:14. The means of grace are those rivers of water near which the trees of righteousness are planted, and from these they receive supplies of strength and vigour, but in secret, undiscerned ways. Leaf - not only the fruit of the believer, but even the leaf has its beauty and its use (Ezekiel 47:12; Revelation 22:2). Psalm 107, classified as a community hymn of praise, was most likely a liturgy of thanks offered by worshipers at a festival at the temple in Jerusalem. Next two verses are also a contrast. His fruit - its proper fruit (cf. But though in thee, and by thee, and from thee, thy people live and derive all life, and nourishment, and moisture, and fruitfulness, in due season, yet it is because thou art the self-existing, life-imparting tree, in the midst of the garden of Jehovah; and being the same yesterday, to day, and forever, thou art liable to no fading, nor falling, but art always blooming, both in blossom and fruit, towards thy people. a. Psalm 1:3 Commentary. … New King James Version Update. 3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. This lament psalm – like most lament psalms – has David working through dealing with his enemies. Like a tree planted by the rivers of water— It is observed by Fleury, in his excellent dissertation concerning this and several other psalms of the like kind, whose subjects are purely moral, that the want of tender expressions and pathetic sentiments is sufficiently compensated by beautiful paintings, fine metaphors, and noble comparisons. Its rich profusion typified the abundance of the Spirit's graces. His leaf also shall not wither. The servant of God resembles a tree (1) in his graciousness; (2) in his fruitfulness; (3) in his immobility. Psalm 23. Psalm 91:1-3 God the Deliverer “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Some think David penned this psalm before his coming to the throne, when he was in the midst of his troubles, and perhaps upon occasion of the death of his parents; but the Jews think he penned it when he was old, upon occasion of the wonderful deliverance he had from the sword of the giant, when Abishai succoured him (2 Sa. Psalm 136. The Text of this Psalm "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is. And thus as the tree of life bringeth fruit every month, so a wise Christian, as a wise husbandman, hath his distinct employments for every month, bringing forth his fruit in his season. Commentary on Psalm 1:1-3 (Read Psalm 1:1-3) To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. Again, "Jesus began both to do and to teach." Naturally the actual kind of tree in the poet’s thought interests us. PSALM 1 * True Happiness in God’s Law I. Psalm 92:12-14). Gain, his prosperity, that of the soul I mean, he shall be sure of, Romans 8:28; Romans 8:37. palgey-mayim. Such hymns usually call people to praise God, as this psalm does in verses 1-2 and 4. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. Sam Storms comments, “Believe it or not, happiness or blessedness can be found in something negative! A tree planted by the rivers of water. No winter's cold can destroy their verdure; and yet, unlike evergreens in our country, they are all fruit bearers. Verse 3. (Calmet) --- All this verse might perhaps be better understood of the tree. Nor has the moral significance of vegetable life been ignored. So the English version rightly (Maurer and Hengstenberg). The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. This psalm has no title, and therefore the author remains unknown. Thanks for this commentary. 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. Who flourisheth but him! It is the first thing that comes. xx., p. 347. The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. Verse 3. ,) and on a smaller scale in the lowlands and gardens of Palestine. ) But, early or late, the fruit of godly character is seasonable. There are praise Psalms, lament Psalms, and enthronement Psalms and all contain wisdom, of course, but as an introduction and door to the rest of the Psalms, this Psalm declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths and propositions of the Bible. Fruit is expected, fruit is borne, and it comes also in the time in which it should come. 1 Corinthians 4:20 . Many are p rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, q “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 1. 3. The literal sense of the word פלגי palgei rendered rivers, is divisions, which may refer to the custom of conveying water to orchards or gardens by cuts or trenches, from springs or rivers, to be diverted or stopped, or applied in a greater or less plenty to this or that plantation, as the gardener shall direct: and this acceptation of the word is very proper for this place, as referring to an abundantly flourishing fruit-tree. That bringeth forth fruit in his season — That is, in the time of fruit-bearing; which, being applied to the good man, denotes either, 1st, His active goodness, that he seeks and improves all opportunities for doing good, exercising faith, hope, and love, piety and virtue, justice, mercy, charity, temperance, patience, meekness, long-suffering, according to the several occasions offered him: or, 2d, The issue thereof, the happiness resulting therefrom; that he shall have the fruit, or benefit, of his godly life in due time, and when it will be most for his advantage, possibly in some measure in this life, but assuredly in the life to come. His prosperity is from God"s viewpoint, not necessarily from the world"s. The most important part of a tree is its hidden root system because it draws up water and nourishment that feeds the tree. Psalm 15. Psalms 1:3. III. And with regard to this "prospering," take heed that thou understandest not a carnal prosperity. And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Godly character is developed under God’s special supervision and with God’s own appliances. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 3 O L ord, o how many are my foes! Fruitfulness is an essential quality of a gracious man, and that fruitfulness should be seasonable. I have always loved how king David, as a sinner always placed his faith in the Lord. And, as in the foregoing psalm he represented Christ dying for his sheep, so here he represents Christians receiving the benefit of all the care and tenderness of that great and good shepherd. In contrast – Psalm 1:4 – the wicked are like vegetation alright – but vegetation that’s dead, dried up, and blowing away. Martin Luther. Nor is that fruit lost; it neither withers upon the branches nor decays upon the ground. Psalm 40. The full moral bearing of the image appears in our Lord’s parabolic saying, “a good tree cannot bring forth corrupt fruit, nor an evil tree good fruit.” The physical growth of a tree has in all poetry served as a ready emblem of success, as its decay has of failure. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Absalom said, "Now I am king of Israel". The best rendering is, all that he doeth he maketh to prosper, which may mean either “the righteous man carries out to a successful end all his enterprises,” or “all that he begins he brings to a maturity.”. The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. by which is asserted the liberty of Christian righteousness. Psalm 100 isn’t an Enthronement Psalm. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, &c.] Or, "for then shall he be" as Alshech renders the words; and the Hebrew "vau" is often used for "then" F17. A. P. Stanley, D.D., in "Sinai and Palestine.". Psalm 91:1-3 God the Deliverer “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. For as the devil bitterly hates this leaf and the word of God, so does he also those who teach and hear it, and he persecutes such, aided by all the powers of the world. Ecclesiastes 2:5-6; Isaiah 58:11. “If,” says a German poet, “thou wouldest attain to thy highest, go look upon a flower, and what that does unconsciously do thou consciously.” In Hebrew poetry a moral purpose is given to the grass on the mountain side and the flower in the field, and we are taught that “there is not a virtue within the widest range of human conduct, not a grace set on high for man’s aspiration, which has not its fitting emblem in vegetable life.”—Bible Educator, ii, p. 179. The holy anointing oil for the high priest was olive oil mixed with four of the best spices (Ex 30:22, 25, 30). He shall be fruitful and flourishing. 1. The blessings of fraternal unity. The wicked – Psalm 1:5 will be judged and found to be guilty. A psalm of David. A special beauty of the believer's fruits of righteousness is, they are not only good in themselves, but also are in season (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; contrast Matthew 21:19). and on his law he meditates day and night. PSALM 133. 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