On their own both Psalms 1 & 2 are well-known and frequently read. The focus in Psalm 1 is on living in the way of righteousness and experiencing God’s blessing in contrast to living in the way of the wicked and experiencing God’s judgment. Psalm 2 focuses on God’s sovereign rule over the earth and its rebellious kings/nations, who will one day be defeated by Yahweh’s Anointed King.
What is frequently missed is the connection between the two. First, Psalm 1 opens by stating, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked …” while Psalm 2 concludes “How blessed are all who take refuge in Him [i.e. God’s Anointed].” Second, the prominent theme of “way” in Psalm 1 reappears at the end of Psalm 2, where the rebellious kings are warned to pay homage to the Son or otherwise “you perish in the way.” Third, the word translated “mediate” (הגה) in Psalm 1:2 to refer to what the blessed man does with Yahweh’s Law is the same word used in Psalm 2:1 to refer to the peoples “devising” a vain thing. Fourth, neither psalm is ascribed to an author and stand at the beginning of the entire psalter.
Now that I have done some of the exegetical spade work, I am opening the floor to you. What conclusions can and should we draw from these connections between Psalms 1-2? I, of course, have my own thoughts, but want to hear from you first before I share my own thoughts.