Delight in His Word

Psalm 1:2 says of the man whom :1 declared blessed for avoiding the ways of the world: “But his delight is in the LAW of YHWH, and in His LAW he meditates day and night.” This is an example of Hebrew parallelism, which is the way they did poetry. This parallelism is synonymous — that is, it says a similar thing twice to emphasize a point. This parallelism demonstrates that delight reveals itself in meditation, or constant thinking. You think constantly about whatever it is that you delight in.

But what is revealing here is that in both parallels it is the LAW, the LAW which is the blessed man’s meditation and delight.
One might think that at least one of the parallels would state that it was in GOD HIMSELF that the blessed one found his delight. But this reminds us that it is through God’s word that we know and relate to Him. How else were the Hebrews to know and treasure God? Through other ancient religious practices? No, their means of connection with Him was His Law.

And still today, though followers of Jesus are indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit, we still relate to God through His word. Psalm 138:2 says He has magnified His word according to all His name. His word is an extension of Himself. We know Him, learn of Him, and meditate on Him personally and on His ways, through His word which His Spirit illumines for us.

Like Jeremiah declared: “‘The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?’ declares the Lord.” (Jer. 23:28) This is a strong message which many of us today will do well to take to heart. No other religious experience or source of knowledge brings us closer to God than His word. This is why Psalm 1 tells us that it is in His WORD that the man who would be blessed will find his delight.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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