But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
He did not include this but the passage goes on to say:
The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
I started to share my thoughts on this in the original comment thread but I wanted to emphasize it in it’s own post. I read through the entire psalm and what we see is a comparison between the righteous and unrighteous. And what is the main difference David is emphasizing? It appears to be where one seeks council. The godly seem to seek counsel in the Law of the Lord, and the ungodly seek it from, well, the ungodly. I just wanted to point out a couple things that I thought could be gleaned from this passage:
- David seems to be talking about a lifestyle of studying the Law – meditating on it day and night (all the time)
- David seems to be saying it is not enough to just study the Law as a mental exercise but to love it
- David recognizes that the Law is “of the Lord,” so it would make sense that his love for the Law flows from his love for the Lawgiver
- David recognizes that it is not us who change ourselves but God who changes us. We are simply planted by the river, it is the river (God’s revelation to us through the Law?) that makes the plant grow, not the plant making itself grow.
- By saying that the ungodly are like chaff blown away by the wind, one might assume that the trees planted by the river will be able to withstand the wind (life struggles?)*
If it is acceptable to assume when David refers to the Law we can refer to the entirety of Scripture than obviously this passage has pretty significant relevance. Can this be assumed? This is not an exegesis of Psalm 1, just some thoughts that popped into my head. Maybe I took liberty with the meaning, if so please correct me. I would hate to imply meaning where it is not found. I do however think these are some great points to consider when we open up the Scriptures. Thanks for sharing that passage Dave!
*I know the last point doesn’t start out with “David.” Sorry for the inconsistency. I have never been good at alliteration.