Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1)

What kind of freedom do we need? What kind of freedom do we really want?

What kinds of freedoms make us truly free?

Message title: Freedom to Be Planted (Psalm 1)
First week in Summer Psalms
Scriptures: Psalm 1:1-6; 62:9-12; 139:23-24; 2nd Timothy 3:10-17
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 6/11/17

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(We’re pausing on the Gospel of Mark for the Summer, and will pick up this study again in the future.)

Scripture readings:

Psalm 1:1-6 (ESV):

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Blessed is the man[a]
    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[b] of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person
  2. Psalm 1:2 Or instruction

Psalm 62:9-12 (ESV)

Those of low estate are but a breath;
    those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
    set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
    according to his work.

Psalm 139:23-24 (ESV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![a]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![b]

Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 139:23 Or cares
  2. Psalm 139:24 Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (ESV)

All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a]you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b]may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Footnotes:
  1. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
  2. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)


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