Try your hand at making a list!

You may have a grocery list, a to-do list, or a bucket list, but have you ever used lists in your Bible study?
It is one of my favorite things to do because
1) it helps me focus on the truth in Scripture I might miss otherwise, and
2) it helps me see the truth in context so I understand it correctly.
Want to try?
Let’s use Psalm 1 and make some easy lists. I will help you get started.
Psalm 1
1 “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And  in whatever he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.”
Did you notice the two groups of people this Psalm describes?
It seemed to me that the two groups of people are wicked and not wicked/righteous, so that will be our starting point. Let’s make two columns –
Wicked                                                                  Not wicked/Righteous
Now what do you learn about each group?
Starting with verse 1, the very first word tells us something about the not-wicked. Add that under your list of righteous.
Now look at the other descriptions of the wicked in this verse. Add those words on the wicked list.
Now your list might look something like this;
Wicked                                                                  Not wicked/Righteous
sinners                                                                    Blessed
scoffers
Do you see why the righteous are blessed? Add them to the list under “Blessed.”
Now your list might look like this
Wicked                                                                  Not wicked/Righteous
sinners                                                                    Blessed
scoffers                                                                          do not walk in the counsel of the wicked
                                                                                          do not stand in the path of sinners
                                                                                          do not sit in the seat of scoffers.
In verse 1 we learned what the righteous do NOT do. In verse 2 we learn what the righteous person does. Add that to your list, and how often they do it.
Verse 3 – the righteous is compared to something. Add it to your list.  How was it planted? Where was it planted? Why? What does it produce? Does it struggle to live? Add these things to your list, then leave room to consider what this means for the tree/righteous. Make a personal note to the side about what this means for that tree, and for your life.
Verse 4 – we learn about the result of the life of the wicked. Add the comparison and how that contrasts with the tree firmly planted, and its leaves and what it produces.
Verse 5 – begins with a term of conclusion – “Therefore.”  What are the two things that will /will not happen to the wicked. Add those to your list.
Verse 6 – also begins with a term of conclusion – “For.” Why is it important to add that the LORD knows? Who is the Judge in the judgement? This answers “why?”
Start a new list for Conclusion
Write the meaning of this Psalm in your own words, as it applies to your life.
Go back and ask the who? what? when? where? why? and how? questions to have an even deeper study.
Wasn’t that fun? See how much you can learn from making lists? Want to make one more?
Make one for what you learn about God ~ You will be glad you did.
What a great blessing to glean these truths with you today!
I pray God will richly bless you as you delight in His law and meditate upon it! 

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