A Psalm for the New Year

A Psalm for the New Year
Key Scriptures: Psalm 1:1-6
Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.  Not so the ungodly! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore, the ungodly will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly leads to destruction.

Daniel 12:2, Many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

Malachi 3:18, And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Matthew 7:13, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

John 5:28, Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.

Lesson One: The righteous avoid the downward pull of the ungodly.

Influences of the ungodly
Counsel
Path
Seat

Involvement of the ungodly
Walk
Stand
Sit

Intensities of the ungodly
Ungodly
Sinners
Mockers

Lesson Two: The righteous choose to obey the Word of God.

• Expresses a pleasure in God’s Word because of its value.
• Willingness to choose it and accept it.

Scripture not only delights our hearts but shapes our lives
We gain strength from obedience to God’s Word
We gain stability from obedience to God’s Word
We gain our spiritual testimony from obedience to God’s Word
We gain success from obedience to God’s Word

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