Psalm 1

Read Psalm 1.

“Man must have some delight, some supreme pleasure. His heart was never meant to be a vacuum. If not filled with the best things, it will be filled with the unworthy and disappointing.” (Spurgeon)

Psalm 1.1What’s it say?

* Read it without interpreting it. I really like to make lists for this.

Make a list of everything it says about God, what He does and who He is.

  1. Blesses
  2. Has a law
  3. KNOWs ways of righteous
  4. Punishes way of wicked

Make a list of everything it says about man (me/us). In this passage, make a list of the man who delights in the Lord, because that is the central character of this passage.

  1. Blessed
  2. Does not walk in counsel of wicked
  3. Does not stand in way of sinners
  4. Does not sit in seat of scoffers
  5. Delights in law of Lord
  6. Meditates on law of Lord day and night
  7. Like a tree planted by water
  8. Yields fruit
  9. Does not wither
  10. Everything he does prospers
  11. Won’t have to stand with sinners at day of judgement
  12. Righteous
  13. God knows his ways

What’s it mean? This is where you interpret, maybe cross reference, or read commentary.

As an English teacher and writing coach what sticks out to me is that this is a comparison paper.

The comparison is made between –

  1. The wicked and the righteous
  2. What the man who delights in the Lord’s laws should and should not do
  3. The results of delighting and righteousness

This is really just a summary of the lists, so no further explanation is needed.  What I really want to take a look at and study closer is the central theme of delighting in the law of the Lord.

Most Bible scholars and commentaries say “the law of the Lord” is all of God’s Word, not just the rules and regulations. I’ll go with that, simply because it sounds better to my American libertarian self. It also makes sense in context of the message of grace throughout the Bible, and that James 2:10 states, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” No one completely delights and keeps God’s laws, so this passage would apply to no one if not for the grace of God.

I love the word “delight.” It’s almost an onomatopoeia (there’s the English teacher in me again). It was similar in the original Hebrew word. The word originally was an Arabic verb which meant to “be mindful of, attentive to, to keep and protect.”

Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius, a Biblical scholar and linguist in the early 1800s, states that the original meaning of the Hebrew word “delight” meant “to bend, incline toward.”

In other passages of scripture the word is used to describe a great desire, intense feelings toward, such as a man delighting sexually in his wife.

Interestingly, and probably the most important aspect of the word is that the verb “delight” always points the reader toward what is being delighted in. The emphasis is not on the verb itself but the object that is being desired. For example, if I were to say “red ball” – the ball is what is highlighted, not the color red. In Hebrew the word delight was more often used as an adjective than a verb – “delightful stones” Mal. 3:12.

So what’s that got to do with this particular passage? The Word of God is what is highlighted. The word of God is delightful. It is to be delighted in. It is to be mindful of, attentive to, kept and protected. We are to bend towards, and incline out life towards it. We are to have a great love and desire for God’s Word.

What’s it got to do with me?

We’ve seen the rewards of delighting in God’s Word, and the punishment for those who do not. We’ve seen what we should and shouldn’t do if we delight in God’s Word. So now I ask you:

  1. Does the Word of God make you happy?
  2. Does it get you excited?
  3. Do you feel obligated to read His word – or can you not get enough?
  4. Do you hunger for more of His Word?

Pray that God would allow you to “delight” in His Word.

“Man must have some delight, some supreme pleasure. His heart was never meant to be a vacuum. If not filled with the best things, it will be filled with the unworthy and disappointing.” (Spurgeon)

Children’s Study

Psalm 1Print off a picture of a tree to color. Write on the paper: “

Read Psalm 1 aloud to your child.

What’s it mean to delight? Love, cherish, be extremely happy with.

God wants us to love to read His Word and “delight” in it. (You can sing the B I B L E)

Can you stand tall like a tree? God tells that when we LOVE God’s Word, we will grow strong like a tree, with lots of sweet fruit, we will always be strong.

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