Psalms are meant to be instructive about God, man and life. When we read the Psalms, we are meant to learn things about God and about human nature and about
how life is to be lived. Some poetry makes no claim to instruct the mind, but the Psalms do.
Psalm 1 introduces the whole book of Psalms. The book begins in Psalm 1:2, “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” The word for law is Torah, and the general meaning for Torah is instruction. In other words, it covers the whole range of God’s instruction. So the entire book of Psalms is introduced by a call to meditate on God’s instruction.
The Psalmists’ challenge for us is to not give our attention to the world so that we start to delight in its ways. Nobody walks in the way of the wicked out of duty. We walk and stand and sit there because we want to. And we want to because we have been watching them so intently and we are drawn in and it is now attractive to us. We have meditated on them (without calling it that) and we now delight in them. The only hope against the pleasures of the world is the pleasures of God’s word. And just like the pleasures of the world are awakened by looking at them long enough, so the pleasures of God’s word are awakened in the soul by looking at them long enough — day and night. In doing so God’s word informs our thinking in a way that delights our heart.
This week we have been raising money for the Bible Society through our Bike for Bibles ride and Kembla house fundraiser. We selected this cause as we want to prioritise the place of God’s word in our lives and ensure that others have the opportunity to read it for themselves.