Delight, Psalms 1-2

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

A blessing comes to the person who delights in the law of the Lord. This person meditates on that law day and night, allowing him or her to be rooted deeply into the Lord, as a tree by streams of water. It is this tree that yields fruit. The Psalms start with this amazing introduction that calls one to read all the psalms through this lens. There is a way to experience the blessing of God. That blessing comes from delighting in his law. Originally this would have meant the Torah. This is a good reminder to delight in those inspired words of the first five books of our modern Bible. It can be tempting to delight in passages that are easy to understand, or verses taken out of context that encourage us and cause us to feel good about ourselves. That does not cause us to be rooted deeply. To be rooted deeply comes from meditating on the holiness, splendor, and majesty of God, as revealed in the whole of Scripture, beginning with the Torah. I find myself drawn to delighting in the words of God, meditating on how he has revealed himself to His creation for his glory. I must remember that the Bible is not about me—it is about God and how I fit in to his story, which is written for his glory. I will be blessed as I delight in this meditation.

O, my Father, how I love your word and your truth. I long to have it permeate my being as I meditate on your law and your statutes. Help them shape me for your glory.  Amen.