The first psalm taught
us that God has a plan. His plan calls for happiness s (plural) for each of our
lives. Happiness s requires a completeness of ones soul, of ones self. The
completeness of ones self is accomplished by means of doctrine, by means of learning
doctrine, by means of understanding doctrine and growing up and making truth
the central foundation of your life.
Bible doctrine is the
key to your life.
Psalm two taught us that
man has a plan and that God has a plan. Mans plans (they are numerous) will all
fail. Gods plan will succeed. Gods plan began in eternity past when one member
of the trinity was assigned the title, Son of God. The plan centers around that
person, the Son, who was to accomplish an eternal destiny for all who believe in
Him. Rejection or indifference toward Gods plan is arrogance.
The soul is eternal,
therefore the reasonable person will plan for the long term of his life
(eternity), and not just the short term (this present life).
The third psalm taught
us that the world is an enemy. The world does not care for your best interest.
The world inundates each person with enticements and unfairness s, to distract
you from God and Gods plan. It is easy to get caught up in the activities of
ones life and forget or ignore God, but then the world surrounds you with an
almost infinite variety of enemies, most of which you would never recognize as
enemies, friendly such as they are. Your own attitude can be your worst enemy.
The fourth psalm teaches
us to stand in awe of God, doctrine, and the spiritual life that He alone
offers. Conform to His teaching and plan, and your life will be beyond better,
and beyond anything that the world can offer.
Therefore, offer the
sacrifices of righteousness.
What are sacrifices and
what righteousness are we to observe? And then, trust in God, by means of those
sacrifices of righteousness.
First, righteousness, ‘tsedeq,’
means that which is right and moral and perfect, without blemish without taint,
without flaws of any kind. This is Gods perfect righteousness, not mans
righteousness. Mans righteousness is based on arrogance and is better termed as
God is perfect. God is
not able to sin and able to not sin.
Sacrifices are mans
expression toward God, which recognize through ritual, Gods truth toward man.
Sacrifices are representations of Gods plan and truth.
When man offers
sacrifices, the sacrifices must pertain in principle, to aspects of truth which
God has ordained.
performed correctly, teach Gods truth, and teach principles of Gods plan for
In the Old Testament,
sacrifices were teaching aids, teaching man of sin, of Gods plan to cure sin,
of the need for a mediator between God and man, of the need for a Savior, of
the need for confession and of the need for spiritual growth and so forth. Most
of the Levitical offerings are described in the first seven chapters of Leviticus.
When Christ went to the
Cross, He fulfilled the purposes of the sacrifices, and therefore they were
abrogated and no longer in affect.
Today our sacrifice
comes in the form of a daily study for the purpose of learning and growing up
in our spiritual life.
Therefore today, our
sacrifices in righteousness, means learning truth, or Gods word, in order to
advance in our spiritual life, and bring ourselves into compliance with His
What you have not
learned, you cannot know. What you do not know, then you cannot understand.
Therefore, in order to come to an understanding and to wisdom, you must first
learn, and to learn you must conduct yourself in a daily study of the
scriptures, such as you are doing right now.
With study comes
learning. With learning, comes understanding. With understanding comes trust.
With trust comes faith. And the combination of all of these things brings Gods
objective for you as stated in Psalm one, blessings.