Psalm 1

New NoteThe Path of Righteousness: Lessons from Christ's Example



Psalm 1 sets the tone for the entire book of Psalms by contrasting the ways of the righteous and the wicked. As we explore this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and the life of Jesus Christ, we gain insights into the blessedness of following the path of righteousness, the importance of meditating on God's Word, and the ultimate destiny of the righteous and the wicked.

Section 1: The Blessedness of the Righteous (1-3)

"1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 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."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing."


Section 2: Destiny of the Righteous and the Wicked (4-6)

"4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 5:28-29, "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."



Psalm 1 finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. The psalm delineates the contrast between the righteous and the wicked, a differentiation reflecting those who follow Christ's teachings and those who reject them.

The righteous are said to delight in the 'law of the Lord' (Psalm 1:2), a phrase that, under the New Covenant, becomes synonymous with the law of love and grace revealed in Christ (John 13:34, Romans 13:10).

Jesus, the righteous man par excellence, embodied this Psalm perfectly, living a life deeply rooted in the word of God, like a tree planted by streams of water (John 15:1-5). His life bore fruit in due season, and His leaf, symbolic of eternal life, did not wither (John 15:16).

The ultimate triumph of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked (Psalm 1:6) mirror the promise of the New Covenant, where Christ and His followers gain victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57), ensuring eternal blessings for those in Him.