Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Delight in the LORD's Instruction - Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
How blessed is the man who wants nothing to do with wickedness! He cannot bear to run, leap, walk, stand, sit, or involve himself in any way with any form of sin! Rather than following after sinful desires, the blessed man desires the law of the Lord. But he doesn't just desire it — he delights in it. The law of the LORD is his source of joy and nutrition. The blessed man does not live by bread alone; rather, he lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD (Deuteronomy 8:3).

There are some who might ask: But how could anyone delight in the law of the LORD? For it consists of rule after rule — regulations for this feast and that feast — instruction for one kind of animal sacrifice and the other kind of animal sacrifice — surely dedication to such things is nothing but legalism and idolatry? However, the psalmist does not record, "his delight is in the law," but the psalmist records, "his delight is in the law of the LORD". This isn't just any law — it is instruction from the LORD Himself. The true believer recognizes that the law points to love and worship of the Lawgiver. For the one who worships the living God, the commandments of God are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).

But the psalmist does not stop there. The blessed man does not just delight in the law of the Lord— but it is his continuous delight! Just as people make a habit of eating both in the earlier and later parts of the day — so the blessed man meditates in the law of the LORD day and night. The never-ending contemplations of the blessed dwell not in worldly and wicked thoughts, but they feast upon the instruction of the Most High God!

Related Posts:
Traverse Not With Wickedness - Psalm 1:1
The Prosperous Tree - Psalm 1:3
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4
Temporal Foundations - Psalm 1:5
Flawless Discernment - Psalm 1:6

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