Sunday, July 20, 2014

Memorizing and Meditating on Psalm 1:4

Photo by James Temby (Flickr) 
Thank you for continuing with us as we memorize and/or meditate on Psalm 1. The first three verses spoke of blessings, delightfulness and fruit being offered to those who choose to be nourished by God’s Word and His ways.

Notice the sharp change in tone beginning with this week’s verse:

Psalm 1:4 (New International Version)
Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.

Psalm 1:4 (Amplified Bible) For meditation purposes.
Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.

My! That doesn't sound very appealing, does it?

For sure, this verse (and the verses we will focus on over the next two weeks) are less fun to memorize (or even think about!) than the first half of Psalm 1. But important, in their warning, nevertheless!

How are you doing?

  • While you commit this verse to memory (and/or spend time meditating on it), how does its seemingly harsh message make you feel? Does it effectively display the consequences of choosing not to dwell on God’s Word and His teachings?
  • How might this verse cause you to pray for those who are not seeking God’s truth so that they might avoid such outcomes?

I will email you a copy of the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. Be sure to subscribe to this blog (via email) and leave a comment letting me know what Bible translation you prefer.


  1. Thanks for the reminder. I had completely forgotten we were memorizing this. Hopefully I will stick to it now. I think I already pretty much had the first few verses memorized anyway, because I always liked this chapter. so I'm not to far behind. I hope. :)

    1. I am so glad to hear from someone who is joining me in memorizing this Psalm, Barbara!! ;) Yay!

      Let me know how you're doing with it.Okay? I've always liked this Psalm, too. Especially the first three verses.

      I love you, loyal blogger!


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