Psalm 1:1 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.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Another, but more verbose, way of wording the first part of verse two could be:
Instead of his delight being in walking in the counsel of the ungodly, or standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat of the scornful, the delight of the blessed man is in the law of the LORD.
The blessed man delights in the law of the LORD instead of what was previously listed.
So, what does “his delight” mean?
“His pleasure, his desire, he considers highly valuable”.
From Webster’s, “A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.” Webster’s also notes, “Delight is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.”
Let’s consider this for a bit.
Blessed is the man that takes a high degree of pleasure in the law of the LORD. Blessed is the man that takes great pleasure in the law of the LORD. Blessed is the man whose mind is greatly satisfied in the law of the LORD.
Blessed is the man whose mind dwells in and takes great pleasure in the law of the LORD, regardless of circumstances and what is going on around him. This man‘s joy and pleasure is not dependent upon circumstances, or temporary favorable occurrences, but in his relationship to Almighty GOD through the law of the LORD. Thus, the blessed man places a very high value on the Law (WORD, teachings, precepts, Torah) of the LORD.
Now, a “modern” religious spirit will rise up in many and say, “We are no longer under the law.” To which there is a very simple reply: You are under the law of whichever kingdom or Kingdom you choose to submit to at each moment. You can choose to be under (subject to, obedient to) the law of sin and death, as is this world in which we live and the god of this world abides by; or you choose to be under (subject to, obedient to) the law of grace, also known as the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. The latter of which permits you to live and abide in the Kingdom Of GOD.
Every kingdom has laws by which its citizens abide. Learning these laws and obeying them is called assimilation. We must choose, will we continue to walk in the laws of this world, or will we walk according to the Laws of the Kingdom Of GOD? We must choose. Not choosing is actually the choice to remain in this world and subject to the laws of this fallen world and its god; it is a passive rejection of the Laws of the Kingdom Of GOD.
The blessed man (person) not only chooses to learn and obey the Laws but takes great pleasure and satisfaction in learning, obeying, and living by the Law of the LORD (assimilating into the Kingdom Of GOD). Most of us do not understand that the Law of the LORD is very highly proactive and causative in bringing the blessings of the Kingdom Of GOD into our lives. Dwelling in the Law Of the LORD is such an all consuming way of living that it does not allow room for evil in our lives, but continually advances the Kingdom Of GOD in our lives; spirit, soul, body, and all areas of our lives. (This is something that my own eyes are being opened to.)
What is “the law of the LORD”?
The law is “torah”, “a precept or statute”.
The pertinent entries under “law” for our discussion from Webster’s are as follows:
1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly their social actions. Laws are imperative or mandatory, commanding what shall be done; prohibitory, restraining from what is to be forborn; or permissive, declaring what may be done without incurring a penalty. The laws which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures.
8. Moral law, a law which prescribes to men their religious and social duties, in other words, their duties to God and to each other. The moral law is summarily contained in the decalogue or ten commandments, written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, and delivered to Moses on mount Sinai.
17. The word of God; the doctrines and precepts of God, or his revealed will.
Almighty GOD is The Supreme Power and Supreme Authority in His Kingdom; thus only He has the right to proclaim and establish the Laws of His Kingdom, and He does so according to His Righteousness. Thus, we have the command of our LORD Jesus Christ to “seek first the Kingdom Of GOD and His Righteousness”. We are here commanded to seek before and above all else the rule and reign of Almighty GOD and the Righteousness of Almighty GOD; in our own lives, in our families, in our communities, etc.
For those still balking at the idea of Christians being subject to some sort of law, particularly when it comes to passages from what we call the Old Testament, please consider this – The ultimate law in the Kingdom of GOD (being that GOD IS LOVE, thus, the Kingdom Of LOVE) can be expressed or summarized in a few statements:
1. LOVE the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
2. LOVE your neighbor as you LOVE yourself.
3. Husbands, LOVE your wives as Christ also LOVED the church, and gave himself for it.
4. He who LOVES GOD LOVE his brother also. (LOVE the brethren [brothers and sisters in Christ]).
5. LOVE your enemies.
We must understand, the “Old Testament” teaches us how to LOVE GOD, how to love ourselves, and how to love our neighbors. In the “New Testament” husbands are also taught how to love our wives, and from the “New Testament” we are all taught how to love our enemies. Such is the Law (Torah, teaching, precepts, WORD) of the LORD.
Now, whose law does the blessed man take delight it? Whose law does the blessed man highly value? The law that the blessed man highly values and takes delight in is The Law Of The LORD. Notice that “LORD” is in all capital letters. In the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the Name “LORD” in all capital letters is the tetragrammaton “YHWH”; believed by some to be Yahweh and by others to be Yehovah (Jehovah). When the word “Lord” is written in the King James Version of the Holy Bible starting with a capital letter and finished in lower case letters, it indicates the Hebrew Name “Adonai” (Adonay) for Lord.
This YHWH is defined by Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance as being “The Self-Existent, Eternal GOD”.
From Smith’s Bible Dictionary we have:
“Jeho’vah. (I am; the eternal living one). The Scripture appellation of the supreme Being, usually interpreted as signifying self-derived and permanent existence. The Jews scrupulously avoided every mention of this name of God, substituting in its stead, one or other of the words with whose proper vowel-points it may happen to be written. This custom, which had its origin in reverence, was founded upon an erroneous rendering of Lev. 24:16 from which it was inferred that the mere utterance of the name constituted a capital offence. According to Jewish tradition, it was pronounced, but once a year, by the high priest on the Day of Atonement when he entered the Holy of Holies; but on this point, there is some doubt.
When Moses received his commission to be the deliverer of Israel, the Almighty, who appeared in the burning bush, communicated to him, the name which he should give as the credentials of his mission: “And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM (ehyea asher ehyeh); and he said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.’ ” That this passage is intended to indicate the etymology of Jehovah, as understood by the Hebrews, no one has ventured to doubt.
While Elohim exhibits God displayed in his power as the creator and governor of the physical universe, the name Jehovah designates his nature as he stands in relation to man, as the only almighty, true, personal, holy Being, a spirit and “the father of spirits,” Num. 16:22, compare John 4:24, who revealed himself to his people, made a covenant with them, and became their lawgiver, and to whom all honor and worship are due.”
Do we wish to be blessed (happy, joyful, prosperous, certain of our eternal future)? Then we must desire, take great pleasure in, and highly value the Law of the LORD our GOD: the Eternal, Self-Existent, Creator of all that is created; the all powerful, all knowing, all understanding, all mighty GOD Who by His Mercy and His Grace has chosen to favor all humanity (whosoever will believe) with a personal, intimate, covenant relationship with Him in His Kingdom, so loving and cherishing us that He has set forth His Law to teach us His Righteous and Holy Way.
Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Law Of The LORD: Seek ye first the Kingdom Of GOD and His Righteousness. The Kingdom Of GOD and His Righteousness is what we are taught in the Law Of The LORD, which is why we must take the next positive step in this Psalm: to meditate upon the Law Of The LORD, day and night.
All Holy Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769. Bold emphasis is added.
Translation from Hebrew to English comes from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
Additional definition of English words comes from Webster’s Dictionary of American English, 1828.
Also, Smith’s Bible Dictionary, 1884.