Daily Devotion

Psalm 1:2

But their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, they meditate day and night.   

Verse 2 continues from verse 1 and one wonders why the two were separated in terms of numbering verses because there is no full stop between the two of them. Verse 2 continues by describing a blessed person but in a different way. Verse 1 tells us in negative form what a blessed person should not do while verse 2 tells us in positive terms what a blessed person does. Firstly, the blessed person delights in the law of the Lord and secondly, he meditates on that law day and night. The Hebrew word used for delight has connotations of bending towards something. Literally, it means the blessed person bends towards the law of the Lord. Bending towards something means submitting your life to that thing. Here a blessed person submits his/her life to the law of the Lord. The phrase ´the law of the Lord´ has multiple connotations ranging from; teachings of the lord, the instruction, precepts, body of laws, the Mosaic Law, and finally the Pentateuch. In summary, the phrase ´laws of the Lord´ refers to the Word of God. Secondly, he meditates on the law of the Lord day and night. the phrase ´day and night´ is a poetic device simply meaning constant activity. To meditate is not self-emptying, a concept that is common in the eastern meditating cultures. It means pondering over the law and how it can be applied to one´s actions and choices. This morning let us remember to delight in the law of the Lord. Amen.

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