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Meditating on the Law

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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Ps. 1:1-2 ESV)

The Psalmist loved God’s law.  Each day and each night he meditated on the instruction of the Lord.  Honestly, it seems like an odd thing to meditate on. But for the Psalmist, the law of the Lord was his picture of the creator.  Through the law, the character of God was revealed to the chosen people of God. As the Psalmist meditates on the law, he considers everything he knows to be true of God-almighty.

The Psalmist had far less of a picture of God than we have on this side of the incarnation.  Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, tells his listeners that He is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.  Everything that the law and prophets shows us about God pales in comparison to what Jesus shows us about God. Why? Because Jesus is the exact imprint of the nature of God (Heb 1:3). In Christ, we see the physical image of the invisible God (Col 1:15).  And in addition, God sent Jesus to do what the law could not do, save us from our sin (Rom 8:3).

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in Jesus who is the fulfillment of the law, and on Jesus--who is our righteousness--he meditates day and night.



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