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. 

Heart’s desires given


Take a moment and think about what your heart desires. If you were granted an opportunity to get whatever your heart desired, what would it be? Think about it.

My dear friend and brother in Christ, Suresh Chandra Bose Ganesh Bose shared a beautiful verse in response to the article posted on “Delight in the Lord” from Psalm 37:4 which states Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. While this verse on the onset may seem like a sure recipe for success, for getting anything our heart fancied, I wondered, what if the desires of the heart are not in line with God’s plan or will? King David who is attributed to be a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) is an example we can learn from. Though King David is attributed for having a heart after God’s own heart and known for having delighted himself in the Lord (as is evident from his Songs/Psalms), his act of adultery (with Bathsheba) and murder (of Uriah) was certainly not according to God’s plan, but instead something his heart desired in carnality. His actions brought displeasure to God and pain and dishonor to himself and the ones he loved. He was rebuked by God through His prophet Nathan and reprimanded by God for his sin.  God who is Love personified does not delight in evil, but always rejoices (delights) with the truth.

So if God is to grant the desires of our heart, we ought to have our heart after His own. When we are aligned with God’s own heart, His strength is made perfect in our weakness and shown to those around us. The assurance of His grace being sufficient for us, despite the circumstances, can help us delight in Him, no matter what. 2 Chronicles 16:9 states that the eyes of the LORD are searching to and fro throughout the whole earth, to find the one whose heart is perfect toward God so that God’s strength can be shown through them.

Points to ponder:

  • Is our heart after God’s own heart?
  • Are you/me in the line of sight of God as He searches the whole world for one whose heart is perfect toward Him?
  • Now, take a moment and think about what your heart desires. If you were granted an opportunity to get whatever your heart desired, what would it be? Think about it.

Let it be said of us that our heart was after God’s own heart, which means as we delight in Him, our heart desires (which is really His heart’s desire) will be given/granted.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
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For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

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.