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“Book Of Praises”
PSALMS: Songs to the accompaniment of stringed instruments!
JEWS: Prayer Book and a Hymn Book
Collected by Ezra the scribe
Hebrew Poetry: Repetition of thoughts and ideas
Rather than repetition of sounds or accents.
David (73) 3-9; 11-32; 34-41; 51-65; 68-70; 86; 101; 103; 108-110; 122; 124; 131; 138-145
ASAPH (12) 50; 73-83 (Temple musician)
KORAH (10) 42; 44-49; 84; 85; 87
(Levite singers related to rebellious Korah)
SOLOMON (2) 72; 127
HEMAN (1) 88 (Leader of Temple music)
ETHAN (1) 89 (Cymbal player in David’s court)
MOSES (1) 90
UNKNOWN or ORPHANED PSALMS (50)
MAYBE: Jeremiah (1) 137
Haggai (2) 146-147
Ezra (1) 119
Hezekiah (15) 120-134
“Songs of Degrees” (sundial)
Book I Psalm 1-41
Book II Psalm 42-72
Book III Psalm 73-89
Book IV Psalm 90-106
Book V Psalm 107-150
Books I-IV All the books end with “Blessed Be The Lord”
Human Soul Creation
Messiah (14) Fellowship
History Pride Of The Wicked
Word Of God Alphabetic
*Alphabetic: Each verse starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet (22 letters)
Psalm 25; 37; 119
(Psalm 119--22 x 8 verse sections = 176 verses)
Main Idea: Benefits Of Godly Counsel
I. WHERE NOT TO GO (vs. 1)
A. Walk Not In The __________ Of The ___________
B. Don’t ____________ In The Way Of ______________
C. Don’t _________ In The Seat Of The _____________
“blessed”--to be envied; happy
“ungodly”--that which leaves God out
“scornful”--despise the truth of God’s Word
Thought Questions: Do you see a progression in movement?
Do you see a progression in bad guys?
Where do you get your advice and counsel?
How does TV factor into this concept?
II. WHERE SHOULD ONE GO (vs. 2)
A. Delight In God’s ___________
B. ___________ In God’s Law
“meditate”--ponder; discuss it with yourself; over and over
III. REWARDS OF GODLY COUNSEL (vs. 3)
A. Nourished and firmly rooted
B. Fruitful and productive
C. Healthy and prosperous
Thought Questions: What is a fruit tree supposed to do?
Why is the location of that tree so important?
What is our best source of growth?
IV. CONSEQUENCES OF EVIL COUNSEL (vs. 4-6)
A. Unstable “Gone With The Wind” (vs. 4)
B. Guilty (vs. 5)
--Nothing to stand on when standing before God
--Not standing with the righteous when they are judged
--Not in the group with the righteous
--End of their path is destruction
--End of the righteous path life eternal
God knows the path we all have chosen…
Thought: Notice the progression again…the wicked are unstable; cannot stand; and perish
“chaff”--hulls and inedible parts of the grain; (Matt 3:12)
God Knows: Our Lifestyle
To be envied is the man who does not make daily life decisions based on the advise of those who leave God out of their lives. This man does not stand with, or stand up for people who act contrary to the character of God. He does not throw in his lot with those who don’t believe there is a God, or those who don’t care.
To be envied is the man who takes joy and pleasure in living in obedience to God. Night and day he studies God’s Word, and communicates with himself in order to make decisions based on what he knows is pleasing in God’s sight.
This godly man shall flourish. God Word will continually supply all the nutrition and support that he needs for spiritual growth. His spiritual life will be healthy and he will bring forth fruit. He will be able to withstand hard times. He will not get weary in well doing and his efforts for the Lord will prosper.
The opposite is true of the ungodly. They are not to be envied. If you choose to ignore or disobey God’s Word, your life will produce nothing of value. All your works and deeds will not only not count, they will be blown away.
When judgment time comes, you will not have a leg to stand on. You will be in a group completely separate from those who are anticipating reward.
Don’t make a mistake…God knows the life and choices of both the godly and the wicked. Those who choose to ignore God have nothing to look forward to for all eternity.
(Fred A Goebert)