Psalm 1: Blessed. . . .
Let's look at a few of the Psalms this week. We'll dig into them and come out with one word to remember from them for the day. Let's start with Psalm 1, one of my favorites. It tells us how to be blessed (I know I have been talking a lot about blessings lately. . . ) Don't we all want to live in blessings?!!! Well this Psalm seems to say to us that the way to find the blessings is to delight in the law of the Lord, to meditate on it always. Now I know we are told, particularly in Galatians, that we live by faith rather than by observing the law. But let's dig a little deeper. Remember that Jesus said He didn't come to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). So when we think of not living by the law, we actually are referring to "the letter of the law." 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us, He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. What does that mean? The letter of the law can actually become a form that we look to as a model but don't really do. . . having a form of godliness but denying its power. . . (2 Timothy 3:5). It can become legalism, just obeying a set of rules for all appearance' sake. And then it just doesn't really get in our hearts. But when we live in the spirit of the law, it's very essence, it goes down into our very being and the doing of it comes from the reality of it on the inside of us. And when we open our spirits, the very real innermost part of our being to the Spirit of God, to impart that life to us, then we live in the reality of it from the inside out. We are not following a form but living in a truth. And so Psalm 1 talks about planting our roots deep down in the word of God so that it flows in us and becomes part of us by our experience of living it out. Jesus is that well of water. Drink deeply and be blessed!