Jesus in the Psalms

Psalm 1:1-6(NKJV) –  1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Psalm 2:1-12(NKJV) –  1Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3“Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”  4He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. 5Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: 6“Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” 7“I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 8Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9You shall break them with a rod of iron;  you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” 10Now therefore, be wise, O kings;  be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Introduction:  Most commentaries on the Psalms see Psalm #1 as an introduction to the entire corpses of the book of Psalms and Psalm #2 as the first messianic Psalm. “Treasury of David” a collection by C. S. Spurgeon is the most definitive work on the Psalms.

David and Jesus were the only ones with the triple office – priest, prophet, and king both begin teaching with the same word!

  1. “Blessed” starts the singer on a harp.

Matthew 5:1-12(NKJV) –  1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

  1. ILL: Blessed are the poor in spirit

Luke 18:9-14(NKJV) –  9Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’  13And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to  his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (the tax collector was “poor in spirit.”)

  1. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (the Holy Spirit is the comforter)
  2. 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (meek – controlled like a horse with bit)
  3. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. (you only receive what you are hungry for)
  4. 7Blessed are the merciful  for they shall obtain mercy. (You only receive what you sow)
  5. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. ( you have to believe in your heart)
  6. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
  7. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  8. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 12:1-8(NKJV) –  1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  2And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?  5Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?  6Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.  7But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’  you would not have condemned the guiltless.  8For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

  1. Psalm 1:3-6(NKJV) –  3He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
    • (A planted tree does not move from one place to another!)
    • Jesus obeyed Mary – went about His father’s business, he went to Jerusalem at the right time, suffered when commanded, and all He did prospered!

Psalm 2:1-3(NKJV) –  1Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3“Let us break Their bonds in pieces,  And cast away Their cords from us.”

    • (Herod was a king under Caesar of Rome (ruler). He tried to kill Jesus as a baby but ended up being eaten from inside!)

Acts 4:27-30(NKJV) –  27“For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.29Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”   

ILL: A medal struck by Diocletian reads “the name of Christians being extinguished” Augusti had a stone erected, “having everywhere abolished Christianity”


Psalm 2:7-12(NKJV) –  7“I will declare the decree:  The Lord has said to me, ‘you are My Son, Today I have begotten you. 8Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” 10Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

ILL: Picture the morning of the resurrection. Jesus stands outside the empty tomb. And a voice comes, you are My Son. Today I have begotten You!”

Conclusion:  For one man to kiss another was a sign of disposing honor -Kiss the Son – there is no other way of salvation!