In die Skriflig
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HELBERG, J.L.. The source of joy of living according to Psalm 1 and what it implies for reformed preaching. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.4, pp.841-860. ISSN 2305-0853.
The article explores the strong emphasis on joy of living and on the dominating meaning of the Torah, the written Word of God, in Psalm 1 and what it means for the proclamation of the Word in public worship today. For that purpose the relation of Psalm 1 to the rest of the psalms, to the Old Testament as a whole and the New Testament is explored. The finding is that the fulfilment of the New Testament implies Word-driven, Christ-driven and Holy Spirit-driven preaching, i.e. kingdom and covenant preaching. Public worship is God's meeting with his covenant people. The preacher's role is fully one of service and he must confine himself to the interpretation and application of Scripture.