Delighting in His Word

by Frank Jones


But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night (Psalm 1:2)

Psalm 1 has been described as the introductory theme to the books of Psalms. The contrast between the righteous and the ungodly are illustrated by a well-watered, fruitful tree versus dried, wasting chaff. The ungodly perish before the presence of the righteous and the judgment of the Lord. The godly are in the durative position of blessedness. The law of the Lord fences their pathway unto glory. There is a way that the Lord knows. Any other pathway is destruction.

This state of blessedness towards the righteous is due to a regenerative inner man (Psalm 1:2). This man is “wired” differently. He is godly. Divine righteousness is his pathway. His affections and thoughts sharply contrast the desires, pleasures, and mindset of the ungodly (1:4a). Note in the passage, that his delights are in the law of the Lord. A believer is not immune to the lusts of sin. However his desire and bent is to pleasure and delight in the Word of the Lord. A believer loves, joys, treasures, hungers, thirsts, and desires the words of Christ. They are his comfort, strength, guidance, and sustenance. His habitual delights are not the counsels of the world. The ways of the world grieve him. His speech finds no satisfaction in the deriding and mocking of men. No, the overwhelming delight with this blessed man is the Word of God. Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. (John 6:68).

Secondly, the state of his mind is blessed. Dare I say it? This man thinks theologically! He is habitually thinking the words of God. He ponders the scriptures. The mental activity of this man searches the riches of His glory as for hid treasures (Proverbs 2:4). The words of Christ wrestle the arguments, questions, conversations, and pleasantries of his mind until he joyfully surrenders. This man hammers at the lock of the treasure chest of the words of life until it opens by the Lord’s grace. His inner man beholds the golden treasury of Christ’s words. Glory illumines the darkness of night. He gazes at the prized possession of the eternal riches of God (Colossians 3:3). His delights are further inflamed to count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8). He thinks God’s thoughts after Him.

We must place a proper value on the treasuries of Christ. It is easy to have greater affections for material and physical possessions. They are vanities; fleeing and fading. The measuring rod against our delights is our thoughts. In other words, what consumes our mind is the measure of our delight, for what we delight we think. What consumes your mental life? Christ or …? Lastly, a man cannot delight in what he does not pursue. Are you in your Bible daily for transformation? Are your delights growing over last year? Is your Bible the delight of your soul and the thoughts of your mind? Value the eternal. This is the way of the righteous.