Psalm 1 :: Delight in the law of the Lord


How are the blessed? The blessed are the ones who delight in the law of the Lord, for in keeping them there is great reward (Psalm 19:9-11). In other words, their source of joy is in fearing God and keeping his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13), which is the whole duty of man. Their delight is in “THE LIGHT” of the world, Jesus Christ, who will reward everyone, according as their work shall be (Revelation 22:12).

Points to ponder:
Who (not what) is your source of joy? Do yo delight in the law of the LORD? Do you delight in “THE LIGHT” of the world, Jesus Christ? 

Psalm 1:2 (KJV)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

Lesser known characters :: Benhail


Benhail was one of the princes sent by the godly king Jehoshaphat, along with other princes, Levites and priests to teach about the Lord in the cities of Judah. The other princes were Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethaneel, Michaiah (2 Chronicles 17:7). The Levites were Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, Tobadonijah, and the priests were Elishama and Jehoram (2 Chronicles 17:8) They had the law of the Lord with them as they taught the people in the cities of Judah and great fear came on the kingdoms of the land surrounding Judah and so they did not war against king Jehoshaphat.

What can we learn from Benhail and the other princes, Levites and priests?
Like Benhail (and the others), we must be teachers of the law of the Lord in the cities that the King of kings and the Lord of lords sends us to. The law that was fulfilled by Jesus, the Christ, who came to convert (resurrect) our souls from being under judgment to being under grace; setting us up on himself, the ROCK of our salvation (Psalm 18:2), bringing us up out of the horrible pit and miry clay of sin that had us stuck in the path of death of destruction (Psalm 40:2; Psalm 19:7). This we must teach the people.

Psalm 19:7a (KJV)
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: …

Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel 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 he meditate day and night.

Delight in the Lord


When our son, Reuben repeats Psalm 1, he says “But his delight is in the LORD”, instead of “But his delight is in the law of the LORD”. As we attempted to correct him, I realized a profound truth hidden in his expression.

The Psalmist exclaimed that blessed are those who abide by the law of the Lord (Psalm 119:1). Jesus summed up the entire law of the prophets into love for God and love for man (Matthew 22:37-40) and Apostle Paul clearly states in the book to the Romans, that the law of the Lord is fulfilled in love (Romans 13:9-10). This means that to delight in the law of the Lord is to delight in its fulfillment, which is Love and since God is love, to delight in the law of the Lord is to delight in God.

We are to rejoice in the LORD, we are to joy (delight) in the God of our salvation (Habakkuk 3:18)  just as much as we need to, in His law that is royal and liberating (James 2:8,12), holy, just, and good (Romans 7:12), spiritual (Romans 7:14) and is the new covenant, written on our hearts and mind (Hebrews 10:16).

Verily, for of children is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14) and our delight is to be in the law of the LORD and in Him, as our beloved son says.