Saturday, April 28, 2012

More Analysis - Psalm 1

Yesterday I explained what NOT to do in order to be blessed and happy according to the first verse of Psalm 1. But what SHOULD you do? Verse 2 gives the answer: “[the happy man’s] delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Meditating or studying something day and night is a pretty intense thing, almost an obsession or at the least a fixation or fascination. Somewhere in there the object becomes one of your passions, like when you fall in love and you think about that person all the time. We should fall in love with God’s Word, that’s what is meant by “the law of the Lord”. The original word in Hebrew is “Torah”; the Torah is the first five books of the Bible.

So if you meditate on God’s Word what will happen next? Verse 3 says that a person who does so will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Imagine how drought and heat shrivels plants and leaves, but a tree with roots that tap the streams of water blooms and thrives. Don’t you want to be like that? Those streams of water are the living words of the Holy Bible.