“Blessed is he … whose delight is in the law of the Lord.” We all want to be blessed, to have a ‘good’ life. God watches over the faithful, helps us to grow in our faith so that we can bear fruit, and allows us to prosper. All promises in Psalm 1. When we are faithful, life is indeed good.
How does one ‘delight’ in the law? And what is the ‘law’? Neither term is as simple as it might appear at first glance. In today’s text ‘delight’ means to value, to take pleasure in, to engage, to wrestle with, and to explore God’s laws. It is a fullness of our interaction with God. It is not a sit-on-the-sidelines, one-hour-a-week faith.
The law is traditionally seen as the commandments and other rules that encompass how to live as a good Israelite. In this context and in our lives, the ‘law’ is so much more. Here is also encompasses God’s teachings and His direction for our lives. To fully live into this idea is active and participatory. Walter Brueggemann said it is to experiment without fear and to try on God’s teachings for size. It is to learn by doing and to fully throw oneself into wrestling with God’s direction for and intent with our lives.
To grow and bear fruit and to share our faith takes a good deal of effort. It is a commitment. To spend time in pursuing God’s vision for our life takes courage and trust. It is wrestling with, engaging in, and being molded by this into the person God wants us to be. The promises are great but it does take commitment, trust, courage, and effort. May we delight in all God offers as we come to be more and more like Christ.
Scripture reference: Psalm 1