Psalms 1 v 2

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.

In summary, Psalms 1 Verse 2 tells us that we should:

Delight in what the LORD teaches.

And repeat it day and night. 

In this piece we explore what it means to delight in God’s Law and God’s Teachings.

The Teachings of Psalms 1 v 2

The person who delights in God's law so much that he meditates on it day and night is delivered from the ways of the wicked and sinners and scoffers, and is made fruitful and durable and prosperous. That's the point. Delighting in the law of God is the central issue.

In the Christian life - in the life of God's people - prayer and the Word are connected in such a way that if you disconnect them, both die.

Let us sum up the connection between prayer and the Word in 2 ways. The Word of God inspires prayer and it informs prayer. Just a word of explanation on each of these.

Connection Between the Word and Prayer

The Word of God inspires prayer. This means that the Word commands us to pray, and makes promises to us of what God will do if we pray, and tells us stories of great men and women of prayer. James 5:16-18 does all three:

First, "Pray for one another so that you may be healed." There's a command from the Word.

Second, "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." There is the encouraging promise.

Third, "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months." There's a story to inspire us.

So the Word inspires prayer by telling us to do it (like a doctor telling us what's good for us) and promising us good things if we will do it, and telling us stories to encourage us in our weakness. 

The Word of God informs prayer. This means that the Word tells us what to pray and becomes itself the content of our prayer. When you know the mind of God in his Word, you pray the mind of God in your prayers.


The Blessing of Delighting in God's Word

Now let's consider Psalm 1 and focus on delighting in and meditating on the Word of God.

Let's think about the blessing that comes from delighting in and meditating on the Word day and night. The Psalm begins, "How blessed is the man. . ." So you are drawn in right away: do you want blessing in your life? The word means "happy" in the rich, full sense of happiness rooted in moral and mental and physical wellbeing.

But now who is this happy person? The one who does not do something and the one who does do something. The happy person does not "walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!" (verse 1). But what does the happy person do? Verse 2: "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night." So, instead of finding his pleasures in the words or the ways or the fellowship of the wicked, the one who is truly happy finds pleasure in meditating on the Word and the ways of God.

Now the point of the psalm is to say that when you experience the Word of God like that - as so delightful and so satisfying that it captures your mind and heart day and night and weans you away from the counsel and path and seat of the world - When you experience the Word like that, you are blessed. You are happy.

This article is courtesy of written by John Piper: