In the ancient world of Israel's kingship, the confrontation played out in the struggle of Israel's king with Israel's rivals and their gods. King David was established as the head of the line or family FROM WHICH this singular Hero would be bornâ€¦
And in many ways David is a type or symbol of this Royal Redeemer. The conflict is always simmering (in every age) and as David is engaged with enemies (in his generation) so the Ultimate King would engage and defeat all His and our enemies even the last enemy (1 Cor 15.26) for ALL generations.
Today's Psalm sets up this CONFRONTATION theme. Life is a struggle. There's a description of TWO OPPOSING WAYS ("the righteous and the wicked", v. 6) â€“ the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent â€“ rivals. AND this Psalm is the Doorway into the Temple of the Psalms that helps us process the conflict before God.
This Psalm INVITES us into the life that's full and solid and weighty. It draws us into the whole book where our souls learn to speak, to pray, to practice the Deep Life into which we've been called.
So let's look at this gateway to the Psalms, Psalm One, as: 1. An Invitation to the Practice of Deep Life 2. The Key to Sustaining the Practice