Knowing Christ in Psalm 1 (pt. 1 of 3)

In Knowing Christ we will be offering what are commonly called “devotions”, though we think it is more helpful to call these posts by their purpose—Knowing Christ. The name also serves as a reminder to all of us to stay focused on the Lord Jesus Christ when reading the Bible or praying or even eating a sandwich… He is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). All things are through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:9-20). Jesus explains the Scriptures and makes our hearts burn within us (Luke 24). Compared to knowing Christ Jesus our Lord, everything else is garbage (Philippians 3:7-4:1). We pray these posts are used to stir our affections for Him by His word and His grace.

The Man Who Meditates

“Blessed” can mean “happy”.

The man who does not walk, stand, or sit outside of the revealed will of God—is happy!

What kind of happiness is this?

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

This man delights in being directed, instructed, under the righteous rule of Yahweh—the one true God, the God whose name means “I AM”.

He delights so much in the law, because it reveals the righteous and holy character of God.

The law of God is this man’s passion—the only thing he can think about whether the sun is up or down, in work or leisure. The happy man wants to know nothing but the mind and character of God. The law reveals this by showing the man what pleases God. The law reflects God’s holy character—His righteousness.

Chew on that—the righteousness of the Holy, Holy, Holy God.

The man meditates* on God’s law.

He growls it like a lion before his enemies.

He moans the law in sorrow of the lack of conformity to it. That is, he weeps that people do not honor God by keeping His law.

He speaks God’s law out loud.

He muses on God’s law silently.

He studies it with joy, delighting in its manifold beauty and truth.

He delights in it and meditates on it.

Walk, Stand, Sit

The man who meditates dwells where the righteous dwell, he doesn’t dwell where those who scoff at God dwell.

The man who meditates stands firm in the path of the righteous, fearing no judgment.

The man who meditates comes and goes to the congregation of the righteous. He stands in the righteous assembly. He loves the church!

Known and Knowing

The happy man who delights in the law and meditates on it day and night is known by God. Let that sink in for a moment. Known. By. God.

This knowing is not accomplished by religious rites, but by location. He is standing in the “way” that God knows.

Being in the place that God knows, the place that His law prescribes—this man has life, abundantly so—like a healthy tree.

Listen and Respond

How is God’s character on display or given glory in this Psalm?

What prayer, meditation, or praise does this provoke from me?

Does the LORD know me and do I know Him?

Where is Christ and the gospel in Psalm 1?

*the underlined words here are other biblical applications, uses, or translations of the word translated “meditate” in Psalm 1.


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