Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My Notes from Psalm 1

Apostle John Welty expounds on Psalm 1 with video and notes!

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

[Blessed: Increasing and prospering in the knowledge of Christ. It is through faith that we gain wisdom from above and exercise our discernment with truth.

[We see in this first verse the need to be able to identify the ungoldly, the sinners, and the scornful. If distinction were set only by our own personal feelings concerning these things, we would approve of those things which we find agreeable to ourselves and disapprove of those things which we find disagreeable to ourselves. There would be no blessing in this.]

[Walks: Active agreement. "Can two walk together unless they be agreed?" Amos 3:3]

[Ungodly: Fruitless ones. These are those mentioned by Paul as having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. We see their boast in their giving of counsel which is the wisdom of the world cloaked with a religious shield.]

[Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly: The activity of our faith is in agreement with the law of the Spirit and not with the imaginations of the heart.]

[Stands in the way of sinners: Marking a point of confidence. As in “taking a stand for something”. Many stand on the basis of religious convicitions while resisting the grace of God (that’s what sinners do). We see this with the Pharisees and Saducees. There is no blessing in that.]  

[In contrast, we mark the point of our confidence in the way of the Lord which is faith and patience. We have not selected this way for ourselves but have yielded in submission to the power and authority of our Lord who has shown us this way.]

[Sits in the seat of: In order to instruct and judge according to a set standard.]

[The Scornful:] Isaiah 28:13-15
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
[Here is the seat from which they instruct and judge:] 15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 
[We see all of the elements of Psalm 1:1 in this verse.]

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

[But his delight: making contrast. They take delight in the power of their principle to oppress others and the power of their imagination to create new covers for their shame. The righteous of the Lord take delight in the restrictions set by God for the expression of our faith and upon His counsel do we continually reflect.]

[Law: boundaries, restrictions, and power to enforce. We show willingness to reflect upon the covenant of our Lord because we intend to demonstrate our obedience to Him as an expression of our love for Him.]

[Day and night: Upon waking in the morning and upon laying our heads down to sleep. Knowing that our thoughts easily drift we choose to keep our vesself full of faith through the consistency of our choices to reflect upon and reciprocate with the knowledge of our Lord.]

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

[Like a tree: finding its strength in its roots.]

[Planted by rivers of water: Showing wisdom and intention. Not as scattered seed but seed which has been planted in a favorable environment.]

[Rivers of water: continual flow of that which is necessary for life (grace).]

[His fruit: the fruit of righteousness which is after His kind. This is the product of faith and is provided for by the Lord.]

[In his season: Not out of aspiration or projection but according to the cycle and power which we have no control over but can cooperate with. A farmer plants seed in cooperation with the seasons. The ungodly seek reward at the time of their choosing and teach others to do the same.]

[His leaf shall not wither: His lips shall continue to bring forth ointment for the souls of those who receive his counsel.]

[Whatsoever he does shall prosper: We see the confidence of the righteous is rooted in the mercy of God in connection with the promises of His covenant. “I will be your God and you shall be My people.” As we continue to join ourselves to Him we are continually blessed by Him that we may prosper in His knowledge and in the increasing of His Kingdom through fruitbearing.]      

Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

[We see many examples of trees growing strong because of the waters in Ezekiel. We also see that strong trees can become full of pride in forgetting the source of their strength. They that fear the Lord remain rooted in Christ so that they are never separated from the waters which He issues forth from off His throne through the contact points of His covenant.]

Revelation 22:1-2
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

[Again we see distinction.]

[Like the chaff: From the dictionary, “Trivial and worthless matter”. The chaff is separated from grains of rice by casting both into the air and allowing the wind to blow away the chaff while the grain which is valued  falls back to the tarp to be collected and used for nourishment.]

[wind drives away: grace and truth. By faith we are making selection according to the disction God set between that which He values and that which He abhors.]  

Psalm 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

[The ungodly shall not stand: their principle will have to bow down as they are found to be without a gift before the King. We, as the holy ones, will stand before Him with the fruit of His work made fully manifest in us as fruitful trees in the summertime.]

[Congregation of the righteous: God makes distinction between those who chose to exercise their sovereignty in the time of testing with faith and those who chose instead to build with earthly things.]

Matthew 25:31-34,41,46 [God sets disction in faith according to His own standard which is Christ.]
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. 

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

[Knows the way: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). The way of the Lord is by the record of His own soul. Out of pride Adam follows his own record and calls that faith but the Lord has refused to know us by the diversity of our signatures and has selected instead to know us only by the pattern He set for our fruitbearing through faith in Christ.]

[The way of the ungodly shall perish: For the powers they use to sustain their imagination shall be cut off at the fulfillment of this age. Because they chose to join themselves to death by the things which they thought made life worth living, they cut themselves off from the Light of the Lord which brings healing and fruit to the souls of the righteous.] 

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

 [See Barnabas 9 – Apostle Barnabas expounds on Psalm 1.]