"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." - Psalms 1:2
I’ve read this verse a lot, but to be honest, it baffles me a bit! I mean, delighting in laws? Meditating on them day and night? What is King David talking about in this Psalm? Today, I would like to take some time to unpack Psalms 1:2 together.
Here we go: I tend to think of laws as a list of “don’ts”. If this is true, why would I ever get really excited about rules and limitations - even ones placed by God? Now it’s time to shift our perspective. Maybe the author of this verse (King David) isn’t getting all excited because God told him to pray regularly and not to steal. Instead, maybe David is finding delight in God’s laws because they prove how much God cares about us.
God didn’t make up a whole bunch of rules that he expects us to follow because he wants to make our lives hard! He gave us rules to serve as boundaries to keep us safe and right where we are meant to be - close to him. His rules are also perfectly designed (by a perfect creator!), so that even if we don’t understand why God gave us a certain command, we can trust that it is 100% worth following.
Now, we’ll talk about meditating on God’s laws. I wasn’t fully sure what meditating meant, so I looked it up. Turns out, (according to Google Dictionary), meditating means to “think deeply and carefully about something.” I love that! So in this verse, King David is talking about regularly making time to think about God’s perfect laws. Maybe he thought about which commands he needed to follow more closely, or maybe he just simply sat and praised the creator behind such intentionally designed rules. Either way, meditating on God’s word (and his laws!) is an incredible way to spend a few minutes!
So, now that I have just bombarded you with info, how will you delight in and meditate on God’s laws today?
PS. This post got long fast! Sorry! :)