Psalm 1:2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Last week we started looking at the Psalm 1. The writer of the Psalm looked at the things a blessed person does not do. We discussed the fact that blessed means a real joy and satisfaction. In verse two we see what a blessed person does do.
Some people may look at this verse and say “the law” hmmm that is just Old Testament so it doesn’t really apply to me today. I would argue otherwise. The law is often referred to as the collection of decrees given in the first 5 books of the Bible (pentateuch). You could say the are the commands and instructions given by which the Israelites were to live by.
Transition to today and if we are to have a joy and satisfaction beyond our belief we should follow the Law of God as we know it. We are lucky because we have the Word of God compiled together for us in the Bible. The Bible gives us commands and instructions on how we should live. What jumps out to me when I think about that is when we read in Matthew 22:37-40…
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Verse 40 says all the Law and Prophets hang on these two commands. So if we are going to follow the Law were are going to live out the two commands Jesus himself gives us, Love the Lord your God with all that we are and love our neighbor as ourselves. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? You and I both know it sounds simple but it is sure not easy! If you are going to live a blessed life a life of joy and satisfaction you are to delight and meditate on those two commands.
Luckily throughout the Bible we are given examples of what that should and shouldn’t look like. By studying God’s Word we see how Jesus himself loved others. The sacrifice he made on the cross proved He loved others because He was willing to sacrifice Himself for everyone.
The word delight in verse 2 means to desire. Our desire is to live out the Law. To live it out in the words we we say and the actions we take. Do we desire to know God’s word and to live it out by loving Him and others? If not than we are missing the mark! We should be studying God’s word so we know how we can live in a way the shows are love to God and our love to others.