This weekend, we turn the page to a new section in God’s Story: the Wisdom Books. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm meant to orient us to some basic principles about life. It’s chief concern is addressed in its very first word: “Blessed.” The question it raises for us is an important one: What is the good life (or the “blessed life”) and how can I get in on it? What is the Way that leads to blessing? And the rest of the Psalm seeks to answer this question. There are two Ways. First, there’s the Way of the Mockers, who put themselves at the center of their own personal universe and pursue their own ultimate happiness above all else. But what the Psalm tells us that this is actually a dead-end road that leads to our own undoing. The other Way is to pursue the blessed life by pursuing something (or someone) else – the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord. The basic principle is summed up in C.S. Lewis’ famous words, “Aim at Heaven and you’ll get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you’ll get neither.”
Dave’s Main Points
- The Search for the Good Life
- A Dead End
- The Road That Leads to Life
- Do you equate wisdom with knowledge or information?
- Spend some time talking about the grey areas in life.
- How do you understand the word ‘blessed’ as it refers to us?
- Another way to ask this question, what do you consider the good life?
- Our answer to this question determines what and how we live our life.
- Why is self-reliance a dead-end road?
- Talk about the progression in this Psalm.
- Mockery think they have life figured out. Are you residing in this dangerous place?
- What does it mean to delight in the Law of The Lord?
- How does the Law of The Lord relate to wisdom?
- The good life never comes from the direct pursuit of it, rather, the being blessed is a by-product of pursuing the right thing. This is profound, meditate on this and discuss as a group.
- The Law is a delight because God is not an arbitrary law-maker. He gave us his law so we will experience the good life. As a group consider how Jesus brings together the Law and the good life.
- Spend some time discussing the metaphor of a prospering and flourishing tree relates to you as a follower of Jesus.
- The phrase ‘…yields its fruit in its season…’ reminds us of the truth that the good life includes times of flourishing and times of barrenness. Discuss how this helps us live out our lives wisely in the valleys and mountains.