Psalm 1: The Source of the godly (Devotion #2)

1. The source of the godly and wicked

The source of the godly

❖ Is the law and word of God

Now when this psalm was written down by David, we presume, he mentioned that the way of blessing is to delight and meditate on the law of God. That is the word mentioned in Psalm 1. The law of God referred to the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. The word for in law in Hebrew is “Torah.” That is the book that the people of God used at the time. More Scripture was written down century by century, but we know that the Torah was there, the Book of Moses, in David’s time. Now the psalmist tells us that only the Torah was enough to give a life of blessing. He was telling us here that this Torah, the Book of Moses, by delighting in it and meditating on it, in other words, knowing it, is the source of blessing. There was enough in the Torah to direct and guide the Israelites to a life of blessing. 

But this word can and must be applied not only to the Torah or the first five books of the Bible! Because we know today that we have more than five books from God. We have the complete revelation, and word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments! How much more blessed should we be in the 21st century now that we have God’s revealed word in the Old and New Testaments? It shocks me when I hear of people who have access to the word of God and the will of God but never read it. For centuries past, in the Middle ages, the ordinary people in the world had no access to the word of God. Only priests and monks who could read it in Latin and those who stayed in monasteries could read and study the Bible. But then came the invention of the Printing press in the 15th century, and then the first Book that was ever printed was the Bible! But the ordinary people in Europe could still not read it. It was only when giants of the faith like Martin Luther and William Tyndale and then others translated the Scriptures into German and English, and other languages that the Bible became accessible to ordinary people like you and me. But there was great persecution because of the availability of the word of God, and many, many believers in Christ, were martyred because of the word of God. 

And today, the word of God and the law of God has never been so accessible and available in so many languages in history. But then, when you ask people in Western countries: have you ever read the Bible? They reply: no! This is shocking! The only source of eternal blessing is veiled from their eyes. If I asked: Have you ever watched a football game? They would say: yes! If you have ever watched: “The Lord of the Rings?” or “Star Wars?”, they would say: yes. Or have you ever read a newspaper? They would say: of course! But if I ask them: have you ever read the Bible? They say: No! The only source of lasting blessing, however, is the word of God, the law of God, and the Bible!

❖ Is the God of the Bible (John 4:14; John 7:37) rivers of water

You would ask me: why is it that the Bible or the word of God is the only source of blessing? The Bible is the only source of blessing because of whom it reveals! God! It is the Holy Spirit who gave us the Bible. All of Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and instructing us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). In the Bible; we find the character of God revealed. We find the will and purposes of God revealed. We find the way of blessing revealed! We find the way of salvation revealed, and we find the nature of man revealed. The Bible is a book of blessing because it reveals to us the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ! It reveals why we need salvation, and it reveals how we can receive salvation. There is no other book like it! The sacred Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15). That is why it is called the word of truth (Ephesians 1:13) and the word of life (Philippians 2:18). By it, we are born again, made alive, strengthened, sanctified, purified and edified. By it, our faith becomes strong, and by the word, saving faith is created (Romans 10:17). The Bible is the source of blessing because it leads us to the Rivers of Living Water, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

❖The supremacy and excellence of God and his word

The word of God is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). It cannot be destroyed. By the word, every person will be judged one day. There is nothing more precious than the word of God. It is more precious than all the gold put together in the world. It is more valuable than all the jewels and precious stones and possessions and products put together. By the word, we are warned of coming judgment. By the word; promises are given of eternal life. By the Word, we find direction in life and comfort and medicine for our souls. The word of God is living and active(Hebrews 4:12). It is more relevant than the daily newspaper. No book in the world has sold so many copies. No other book in the world has been translated into so many languages. More books have been written about the Bible than any other book. This book is banned in many countries today, yet it cannot be chained. God is the primary author of the 66 books we find in the Bible. It is the most important book in the world, and it will remain the most important book for all eternity. And it is the most important book in the world because it is trustworthy and truthful in all it affirms about life, death, righteousness, salvation, the world and humanity in general. It is God’s inerrant, authoritative and eternal word to the human race.

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