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the Two Ways and the Two Ends
Like a signpost, this psalm points the road to blessedness. The opening word may be read, “Oh, the blessedness!” The psalm begins with the same message as the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:1-48 . Beneath the lintel of benediction we pass into the temple of praise.
Blessedness is obtainable in two ways: negatively, we may avoid the society of the irreligious; positively, we must enter the company of prophets and kings, of psalmists and historians, and especially of God Himself, speaking in Scripture. Do not simply read the Bible; meditate upon it. Better one verse really masticated than a whole chapter bolted.
The rewards are, to be planted by rivers, to bear fruit, and to prosper. See Genesis 39:3-4 ; Genesis 49:22 . How blessed it is, also, to realize that God knows and loves! See Psalms 56:8 . The sinner begins with ungodliness, goes on to scorning, and ends as chaff, Matthew 13:30 .
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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 1". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
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