Scripture Reading: Psalm 112
Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
Delights—the thing that gives me enjoyment or pleasure. Root word means to play with. The child shall play on the snake’s nest in Isaiah 11:8.
--Take it out of the box and use it, put it to work!
Affliction—depression, misery. It’s the one thing that cheers him.
I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
Salvation—deliverance, aid, victory. His law is the source of eternal victory now.
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Forget—ignore, cease to care. One key to memorizing Scripture is to actually like it!
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
The path—way of life prescribed in them. Trodden path, way saints have gone before.
Incline—bend, cause to yield. Covetousness—gain, going after earthly things is always the opposite of listening to God. Creation over Creator.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
Mercies—compassion. Resisting God’s Word will eliminate compassionate deliverance. His Word contains compassionate wisdom.
Psalm 1:1-6—this delight is more desired, a valuable thing to pursue.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Counsel of the wicked—in the ways they prescribe or are doing. Walk/Stand/Sit—degrees of comfort, conformity, partaking in it to making it your place of reclining! Lot with Sodom maybe?
delight—his bent, his inclination. Meditate day and night—not five minute quiet time!
Planted—rooted settled. Wither—temporary, dependent on externals. Prosper—bring to perfection, fruitfulness.
Not stand—not be acquitted, will not endure examination. Hang head and shrink away.
Knoweth the way—attends to and provides. Way of ungodly—their plans will fail.
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Delight—Christ took pleasure in doing Father’s will, even unto death on the cross.
Within my heart—in the middle of, the center.
--the attentive ear and obedient heart go together, not formality. Not dead animals!
Jeremiah 6:10—God is about to drop judgment on Israel
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
Uncircumcised ear—rebellious, obstinate, rejecting instruction.
--Delighting in God’s Word means loving it to the extent of doing it. It’s not an emotion alone; it’s an emotion that drives behavior.
Peter to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”