Reflection of the Week - 18 May 2021

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Psalm 1 proclaims truths echoed in the book of Proverbs: that following the wisdom of God is the best and wisest way to live. Like Proverbs, this psalm declares that those who obey God’s teachings can avoid consequences arising from sin and disobedience.

Psalm 1, typically ascribed to David, stresses the importance of ordering one’s life according to God’s Word. This emphasis sets the tone for the rest of the collection of psalms. Themes in this passage echo the early chapters of Proverbs, with an emphasis on seeking godly wisdom. Psalm 1’s emphasis on meditation on and obedience to God’s Word parallels God’s instructions to Joshua when He commissioned Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:6-9). It is the blessings and curses we read about in Deuteronomy 28. New Testament passages that emphasise the link between devotion to God’s Word and righteous living include Matthew 7:24-27; Colossians 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:19-25; and 2 Peter 1:19-21.


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