Psalm 1, "True Happiness"
What does it mean to be truly happy? According to the world? According to God?
Compare the happiness or blessedness we see here in Psalm 1 with the blessings promised in Matthew 5:1-12. Is there a common element(s) to the one who is blessed and what is it?
What does it mean to walk in the counsel of the wicked? To stand in the path of the sinner? To sit in the seat of the scoffer? Why is a person blessed when they do not follow after the path of those who would go there own way?
There seems to be a movement of mind and identity that corresponds with the progression of walk-stand-sit and wicked-sinners-scoffers? What is that movement and where does it take one? What does this tell us about the process of one becoming a wicked person? Check out 1 Corinthians 15:33 and consider how this may apply here.
The author is setting up a contrast between a blessed man and a wicked man. What is the differences? Why are they important for "true happiness"?
What does it mean to delight in the Law of the Lord? How is this different from the ways of the wicked? Hint – What does it mean to follow the will of man and the will of God? What characterizes a person who desires to follow the wisdom and will of God as opposed to one who desires to follow after the wisdom and will of man?
What does it mean to meditate on the Law day and night? In a practical sense how does one do that? Reflect on the promise found in Joshua 1:8. How does that promise speak to true happiness and blessedness?
What does it mean to be like a tree firmly planted and in what way does delighting and meditating in the Law accomplish that "firm planting"?
What does it mean to be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water? What does the water represent in this analogy?
In what way does the "delighting and meditating on the Law" enable us to tape into the water that gives us the ability to weather drought and bear fruit?
What does it mean for a tree to produce fruit in it's season? What does it take for a tree to produce fruit? How does this apply to us as believers? See and consider Galatians 5:22, 23.
What does it mean for a believer to produce fruit and what is the "season" of this fruitfulness? What can we learn from the analogy of the tree about being a healthy, maturing, fruitful child of God? How is this fruitfulness connected to being blessed and truly happy?
Given the contrast of the wicked and the blessed in Psalm one. What is obviously true of the wicked man as affirmed by the chaff analogy that is not true of the blessed man?