Who is that blessed man of Psalm 1?

I was very much impressed, a number of years ago, listening to Joseph Flacks tell of his visit to Palestine. When he was in the city of Jerusalem he was given the opportunity of addressing quite a gathering of Jews and Arabs. They were presumably unconverted. He took for his text Psalm 1. Of course he could repeat t to them in their own language, in the Hebrew. He dwelt upon the tenses as I have given them to you, “Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful,” and he said to them, ‘Now, my brethren, who is this blessed Man of whom the Psalmist speaks? Notice this happy Man is a man who never walked in the counsel of the ungodly; He never stood in the way of sinners; He never sat in the seat of the scornful. Who is this blessed Man?’ Nobody spoke, and Joseph Flacks said, ‘Shall we saw He is our great Father Abraham? Is is Father Abraham that the Psalmist is speaking of here?’

One old Jew said, ‘No, it cannot be Abraham, for he denied his wife; he told a lie about her.’

‘Ah,’ said Joseph Flacks, ‘it does not fit, does it? Abraham, although he was the father of the faithful, yet was a sinner who had to be justified by faith. But my brethren, this refers to somebody; who is this Man? Could it be our great lawgiver, Moses?’

‘No, no,’ they said, ‘it cannot be Moses. He killed a man and hid him in the sand.’ And another said, ‘And he lost his temper at the water of Meribah.’

‘Well,’ Joseph Flacks said, ‘my brethren, who is it? There is some man here that the Spirit of God is bringing before us. Could it be our great King David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel who perhaps wrote this Psalm?’

‘No, no,’ they cried, ‘it cannot be David. He committed adultery and had Uriah slain.’

‘Well,’ he said, ‘who is it; to whom do these words refer?’

They were quiet for some time, and then one Jew arose and said, ‘My brethren, I have a little book here; it is called the New Testament. I have been reading it. If I believe this book, if I could be sure that it is true, I would say the Man of the first Psalm was Jesus of Nazareth.’

H. A. Ironside, Studies on Book One of the Psalms (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1952), 9–10.


About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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3 Responses to Who is that blessed man of Psalm 1?

  1. Awesome story thanks for sharing God bless

  2. Graham says:

    Very powerful! A great reminder to always read the OT with Jesus in mind! Thanks for sharing.

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