The Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
“His delight is in the law of the Lord” (v.2) RSV
The foolish person seeks wisdom and guidance for life from ungodly people, people whose lives do not show blessing. But the wise person seeks the source of blessing from the Lord. The “law of the Lord” (v.2) offers the wisdom of the ages. It contains a combination of experience and revelation. We ‘pooh pooh’ it at our peril!
The “law” of God is not just referring to the Ten Commandments, but to all the prophetic guidance contained within the scriptures. When Paul extolled Timothy for knowing the scriptures from childhood, he was referring to the Old Testament, for at that time there was no ‘New Testament’.
Just recently someone rang me to say she had been reading Deuteronomy since I advocated that book in a sermon I preached the previous Sunday. She claimed to have been incredibly blessed.
It’s not just the Jew who can benefit from these pre-Christian books. They are inspired for all who wish to seek wisdom. The Christian reader will gain insight and discover the secrets of a wholesome and fulfilling life.
But in reading, it is essential that we “delight” in it. The scriptures are not like some nasty tasting tonic that we hold our breath to swallow. We need to pray for a desire and an insight as we read. We need to be hungry to hear the voice of God. We need to chew (i.e. meditate) “day and night” like a cow chewing the cud!
Lord, open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous, wondrous things out of Thy law. Amen.
1. Where did Joshua get his courage from?
2. What effect did the Law have on King Josiah?
2 Kings 22:8-13