Worship Notes

"A Deeper Look at the Psalms
Psalm Chapter 1"

There are many different methods in studying God's Word.  Some people do it by reading so many chapters a day.  Others do word studies on particular words or phrases.  Some people study one book at a time.  No one way is better than another.  God's Word is so full of truth that you can get something different out of it every time you read it.

One of my favorite ways to study the Bible is by taking a particular passage or chapter from Scripture, and reinterpreting it.  I do this by looking up every single word from that passage in a Strong's Concordance.  I then look at that word's Hebrew meaning and write that meaning down, then I go to the next word and do the same thing.  Since Hebrew definitions are much more colorful and picturesque than English, I usually end up with something much more wordy than the King James Version, but it is usually much more descriptive.  This is a long process, but makes for very interesting study.  Plus, it has shown me some awesome revelations in Scripture. 

Over the next several articles, I want to periodically share with you some of these "interpretations" that I have done in the Psalms.  I believe that the Psalms are the best book in the Bible for a worship leader to study out of.  I guess you could call this my own "Amplified" version of the Psalms, because they are kind of wordy like the Amplified Version is.  They may sound kind of repetitive because I may use the exact same definition every time for a particular Hebrew word.  For example the phrase "Praise ye the Lord", comes from the Hebrew phrase "Halal Yah" (or Hallelujah), but it's literal interpretation is "Act clamorously foolish and speak until you are beside yourself about the Self-Existent, Eternal, God and Lord Who is our Redeemer."  So you can imagine how repetitive a particular chapter may sound if it has the phrase "Halal Yah" a few times in it. 

Having put out my "disclaimer" here is Psalm Chapter 1.  First, I'll give you the King James Version, then my version, then the Strong's reference numbers so that you can study them for yourself.

    Psalm 1 (King James Version)

1)    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2)    But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate both day and night.
3)    And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4)    The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5)    Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6)    For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1 (Heath's Version)

1)    How happy and blessed is any person who does not walk or conduct themselves in the advice, counsel, or purpose of morally wrong, bad, guilty, ungodly, or wicked people; nor stand and dwell with, endure, or even be employed by guilty criminals or sinners; nor sit, tarry, or dwell in the seat or assembly of scornful scoffers and those who mock and make mouths at others.
2)    But he willingly takes pleasure in and considers to be valuable the statutes and precepts of the self-existent, eternal God and Lord Who is our Redeemer, which are explained in the Pentateuch; and in it (the Torah) he ponders, meditates, and murmurs in the daytime and at night.
3)    Hes fastened like a tree that is planted by a river or stream of water and delivers a reward of fruit when its time has been fulfilled; his leaf will not wilt, faint, bring disgrace, or wither but he will prosper as he overcomes mightily and is profitable.
4)    Morally wrong, bad, guilty, ungodly, or wicked people are not so: they are like threshed out chaff that the wind or even a breath of air shakes and tosses to and fro.
5)    Therefore morally wrong, bad, guilty, ungodly, or wicked people shall not be able to accomplish their own arising or be able to stand up in judgment or lawful sentencing; nor will guilty criminals or sinners be able to assemble, congregate, or be considered family of just, lawful, righteous, or cleansed people.
6)    For the self-existent, eternal God and Lord Who is our Redeemer observes, cares for, and considers Himself to be akin to those that are just, lawful, righteous, or cleansed people: but morally wrong, bad, guilty, ungodly, or wicked people shall have no way to flee their certain destruction but will wander and lose themselves in the attempt.

Strong's Reference Numbers for Psalm 1 (in order)

1)    835, 376, 1980, 6098, 7563, 5975, 2400, 3427, 4186, 3887
2)    2656, 8451, 3068, 8451, 1897, 3119, 3915
3)    6086, 8362, 6388, 4325, 6529, 6256, 5929, 5034, 6743
4)    7563, 4671, 7307, 5086
5)    7563, 6965, 4941, 2400, 5712, 6662
6)    3068, 3045, 6662, 7563, 6

I hope you got something out of this.  I know I did!