Ps.1:1-3 – Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Law of the LORD,
And on His Law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

What you delight in will ultimately direct the course of your life. Delighting in food results in obesity, delighting in adult beverages results in drunkenness, delighting in immorality results in sexual bondage… you get the picture. Delighting can be an elusive thing, we don’t always delight in what we should. That’s where grace comes into play. The grace of God influences our heart and directs our desires to the things of God. I never even had a desire to read God’s word until; until the day I was overcome by grace. From that day I have had an increasing delight in the ‘law of the Lord’. Martin Luther often spoke about the will or delight of a man’s heart; he also connected this delight to the influence of grace on our souls. Here is how he describes this passage from Psalms.

“But his will is in the law of the Lord.” The “will,” which is here signified, is that delight of heart, and that certain pleasure, in the law, which does not look at what the law promises, nor at what it threatens, but at this only; that “the law is holy, and just, and good.” Hence it is not only a love of the law, but that loving delight in the law which no prosperity, nor adversity, nor the world, nor the prince of it, can either take away or destroy; for it victoriously bursts its way through poverty, evil report, the cross, death,
and hell, and in the midst of adversities, shines the brightest.”

This is the place of blessedness, we love the word of God because of its goodness. We would love it without the benefits – because our benefit comes in the pleasure we have found in the word of God itself. We love it because it is our food – the very nourishment of our soul. Just as a baby knows and loves his mother’s milk, we instinctively know and love the milk of the word of God. This is our place of total contentment.

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