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The Blessed Law of God

Psalms 1:1-3 :

Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stand on the path of sinners,
nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in Yahweh’s law.
On his law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water,
that produces its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also does not wither.
Whatever he does shall prosper.

This book we are about to read was really intended to be put to music. This is Israel's song book. It may also be the most well known poetry book to have ever been written. This first song is often memorized. I can testify to the fact that these wonderful poems can be a special blessing to a person's whole life. I have known the words of some of these songs since my childhood and found them to be a powerful source of encouragement, teaching and wonder.

This first song starts by drawing a line in the sand. In times when the tolerance of evil is a virtue, songs like this one fail to get good air play. Many of the Psalms were written by King David. They record the emotion and thoughts of his heart and that's pretty awesome to know because God called David a man after His own heart. What David tells us in this song is that a man who separates himself from ways and places of sinners, is a blessed one. It is good for us to not put ourselves in the place of sinners. Instead, we should "delight in Yahweh's law."

This is a wonderful thing to read because that's what we are doing right now. It's good to note that the word "law" here is pretty general. It doesn't just mean the Ten Commandments. The word "law" in Hebrew also means "teachings." When we read the Bible like we are doing now, we are delighting in God's teachings too, but even if we were to just delight in the Ten Commandments, it would be a blessed thing.

David records in this song that following God's law brings prosperity. This should not be a big surprise. After all, the Ten Commandments do an amazing job of protecting prosperity. It's hard to be prosperous when you are being stolen from. It's hard to be prosperous if you have to run away from a murderer or if your spouse leaves you for someone else. These are facts that many people know from experience. The God of the Bible made this world and when we follow his teachings, everything comes together like an orchestra. What a happy thing it is to leave the ways of sin and follow God's laws instead.

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