For this blog series, a member of our church family will share his reflections on Psalms 1. He will be using the King James Version. Thank you, Thomas.
+ In the name of our risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
1: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2: But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in his Law doth meditate day and night.
3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth, shall prosper.
4: The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff, which the wind driveth away.
5: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the Congregation of the righteous.
6: For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The first Psalm stands out as somewhat special to us, because it is the Psalm that the ones who compiled all of the Psalms together thought worthy to place at the very beginning.
It starts with the word “blessed”. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly”. This is similar to King Solomon’s advice in the Proverbs; “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men”.
It goes on to say “…nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” We find that a man is blessed if he is not in close association with evil-doers, joining them in their wicked ways.
“But his delight is in the Law of the LORD.” What does it mean to delight in the Law (or Word) of God? Do we delight in God’s Word? Do we take pleasure in reading, studying, and diving into the depths of the Word of the Living God?
“And in his Law doth he meditate day and night.”
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.” (Psalm 119:1)
Do we read a chapter or two of the Bible as a duty, something to just check off our list of pious things to do, or do we read, meditate, pray, and contemplate on what we read? Do we make time out of our busy day to make Scripture study a priority? I confess I am not as faithful to do this as I would like to be.
The study of Scripture, and meditation upon it, is an endeavor most profitable to the Christian man or woman. For what do we find that the man who makes this a priority of this receives?