The Way of the Wicked Will Perish

Psalm 1:4–6


In this lab, John Piper reminds us that when we see horrendous crimes committed without adequate justice served, we know that the wicked will perish before the judgment of God.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Psalm 1:4–6:

  1. Read all of Psalm 1. Would you place yourself in the category of the righteous or the wicked?
  2. What are the wicked likened to in this text? How is the fate of the wicked described? What does it mean that they will perish?
  3. How can the realization that the wicked will perish influence how you live your life this week?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Questions for Old Testament Reading

Often we read the Old Testament thinking much of it doesn’t really apply to us today. We reason that God interacts differently with his people before Christ’s cross and resurrection. By doing this, we often skip over Old Testament insight that would enrich our knowledge of ourselves, God, and the gospel.

The discipline to meditate on Old Testament passages in light of Christ and the New Testament is vital. The following contains questions to begin your reflection:

  • Do the themes or principles that I identify in the Old Testament passage or narrative apply today? And if not, why not?
  • What can I learn about God from this passage? Do I see these attributes in Jesus’s life?
  • How does this section contribute to the overall story about Jesus?