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.
…and in his law…
Let us understand here, so there is no doubt or misperception in anyone’s heart or mind. “His law” IS the Torah, the teachings, the precepts, the WORD Of YHWH; the Self-Existent, Covenant GOD WHO gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever chooses to believe in Him will have everlasting Life. This is the Law Of The Supreme Lawgiver, The Supreme Authority, The GOD WHO IS above all gods and above all those who would fancy themselves a god. This IS The Law Of The Holy GOD WHO IS The KING Of The Kingdom Of GOD; Whose Kingdom and Righteousness LORD Jesus commanded us to seek before and above all else. This IS THE LAW OF LOVE; for GOD IS LOVE, therefore, The GOD WHO IS LOVE IS KING OF THE KINGDOM OF LOVE, and of LOVE’s Righteous Way. It is the Law concerning which LORD Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.“
It is in His Law that the blessed man (person) meditates.
…doth he meditate…
To “meditate” in this instance is “to murmur; to ponder”. It is NOT to blank out your mind and let whatever thoughts from the spiritual realm come into it without question and without challenge.
Murmuring is generally used in the English language with a negative regard towards something; even its definition says so:
“Uttering complaints in a low voice or sullen manner; grumbling; complaining.“
However, in regards to the Law Of YHWH it is not intended in a negative respect but also implies “to ponder”; and is otherwise translated into English as “imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, speak study, talk, utter.”
The basic idea here is that we speak to ourselves while pondering the Law of GOD, the WORD Of GOD; in other words, thinking out loud. To ponder means:
1. To weigh in the mind; to consider and compare the circumstances or consequences of an event, or the importance of the reasons for or against a decision.
2. To view with deliberation; to examine.
We are to intently think about and consider the Law of GOD, and weigh the WORD Of GOD in our hearts and minds, to speak to ourselves what the Law of GOD means and how it applies to our very lives. Though we are talking only to ourselves (muttering), we are doing so asking Holy Spirit for enlightenment and revelation of the WORD Of GOD and the portion of Holy Scripture upon which we are currently focused. Our very strong desire is to understand what Almighty GOD is desiring to communicate to us through His Law, through His WORD, and how to rightly and justly apply it to our lives in love and humility. I assert that the more understanding and wisdom we gain (grow, mature in) concerning the WORD Of GOD the more loving and humble we will become; after all, the WORD Of GOD IS the WORD Of LOVE because GOD IS LOVE; and since Almighty GOD resists the proud, only the truly humble will be permitted revelation and understanding of the deep things of GOD that Holy Spirit searches out for us and reveals to us. I also assert that as we seek understanding of the WORD Of GOD in this manner, and receive revelation from Holy Spirit concerning the WORD Of GOD (the Law Of GOD) (that is in line with the context of the entire Holy Scripture, which is what confirms that we are indeed hearing Holy Spirit and not some other spirit) we are actually having a conversation with Almighty GOD through Holy Spirit (WHO IS GOD) concerning His very WORD.
Now, many (but not all) would legitimately ask, “How often and how long should I meditate upon the WORD Of GOD, or the Law Of GOD?” Others would ask, “How much do I have to do this?”
Consider, are you asking for the bare minimum requirement to get by or are you serious in your pursuit of Almighty GOD and maturing into what He created you to be?
Psalm 1:2 says, “… and in his law doth he meditate day and night“.
I have heard this explained that this means once during the day, and once during the night. So, pick a time in the morning to spend a few minutes focused on the WORD Of GOD, and pick a time in the evening, maybe before going to bed, to focus on the WORD Of GOD. To me, this sounds like taking medicine, which indeed is helpful, and maybe thinking this way will help some get started in order to start curing some of the problems of their lives.
I agree that spending some time in the morning meditating upon the WORD Of GOD and then spending some time in the evening meditating upon the WORD Of GOD will do you good. Spending any time meditating upon the WORD Of GOD each day will do you good. Even the definitions of “day and night” mean during the daytime (light) and during the night time (lack of light, darkness). However, I believe there is more to this if we will take the time to look at the phrase “day and night”.
Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
Leviticus 8:35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.
Deuteronomy 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
Joshua 1:8 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.
1 Chronicles 9:33 And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night.
Nehemiah 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Psalms 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
Acts 26:7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
Please, consider the above passages of Holy Scripture (yes, there are more) and see if you notice what I do. The use of the phrase “day and night” is a more emphatic way of saying, “constantly”or “continually”, with the intent of being all day long (daytime) and all night long (night time). I have heard this idea questioned and protested against in the past. I have even wondered about it myself.
Let’s approach this from a slightly different perspective. If you are a farmer in a region that can produce crops all year long and you were to plant one corn seed every day (one consideration of a verse of Holy Scripture), eventually you would start getting a continuous daily harvest of one stalk of corn every day. Is one stalk of corn a day enough to live on? Is it enough to continue farming on and to support your family? What if you were to plant one kernel of corn every hour during daylight, everyday? You would then get about 12 stalks of corn to harvest every day. But what kind of harvest do you really want? If you want a continual harvest, you will need to continually plant seed. No matter what crop you want to grow, you will need to continually plant seed. If you want a crop that yields the fruit and benefits of the Kingdom Of GOD, you will need to plant the seed of the Kingdom Of GOD, the Law and WORD Of GOD. And if you want to live with a continual harvest of the fruit of the Kingdom Of GOD, you will need to learn to continually plant the seed of the WORD Of GOD, the Law Of GOD, in your heart.
Our LORD Jesus Christ asked His disciples, “Know ye not that the Kingdom Of GOD is within you?” Thus, it is by meditating upon the Law (WORD, teaching, precepts, Torah) of GOD continually that plants seed that will, in its due season, begin to yield a continual harvest of the fruit of the Kingdom Of GOD in you and in your life.
What are the benefits of doing so? We will begin looking at that in the next article of A Study Of Psalm 1.
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.