Psalms, A Book Of Prayer & Praise... 

In our study, we will learn about praise and worship of God. There are five books that make up this book of the Bible and they are Hebrew songs that are based on the first five books of the Old Testament. The number five always speaks of grace in the Bible and these books join together to tell of the coming gift of grace as they clearly present Jesus Christ.

The first book of Psalms corresponds to Genesis which is the first book in the Holy Bible. This book contains forty-one songs that speak about the fall of man as well as the recovery of man through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 1:1

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers." NIV translation

Do you want to be happy in life? That is what this verse is talking about when it speaks of the one that is blessed. The number three is a biblical symbol of divine perfection and here we see a contrast between that perfection and the fallen man. We are called to walk as Jesus did (that is what it means to be a disciple) and the verse starts off with the man walking. 

We see, that the man keeps on walking on the path of Jesus when he does not listen to those that leave God out of everything (the ungodly). But, when the man listens to them, he stops walking in Jesus' footsteps and stands in the way of sinners. This is where the man does the same things that the sinners do. We must note that we all are sinners but this is speaking about those that are unrepentant sinners. They are living in sin and are content with it. After a time of joining in that sin, the man no longer stands for Jesus at all but instead keeps company with those who don't even believe that God exists.

Psalm 1:2

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." NIV translation

The happy man avoids the things of verse one and instead finds joy in the Word of God. Do you have a hunger for the Word of God and a joy in learning more and more about Him? The happy man not only studies the words but puts them into practice in his life as he allows the Word and the Spirit to mold and shape him into being like Jesus.