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Thoughts on Psalms 1 & 2

August 2, 2016/Abiding Life
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The Lord is currently taking me through the book of Psalms in the Bible. I’m taking notes as I go, and I’m really enjoying what I’m seeing. Here are some of my thoughts on the first two psalms:

Psalm 1

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

In our understanding, what is the “law of the Lord”? Is it not love? Therefore, it could read, “In love I delight; in love I meditate day and night.” I’m not meditating on love, but in love (John 15). Love is my source and my atmosphere in which I delight and meditate.

3 …
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither…

We don’t always bear fruit – it’s seasonal. Isn’t it rather naive, selfish, or even narcissistic to think that I can yield fruit all the time? And isn’t rather exhausting, defeating, and hopeless to think that I should yield fruit all the time? Praise the Lord fruit is seasonal and rather effortless to yield when we abide in (delight, meditate) love (John 15)!

We don’t always bear fruit (it’s seasonal), but our signs of Life (leaf) never withers – we are evergreen. We continually show signs of life though we only seasonally/occasionally yield fruit. Again, rather freeing!

Psalm 2

The Lord, Jehovah, establishes His Christ:

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

Witness Lee, in the Recovery Version of the Bible, pits Psalm 1 as concerning the law in man’s appreciation (for the personal benefit of the saints, such as their being blessed in prosperity) and Psalm 2 as concerning Christ and His attainment (for the accomplishing of God’s economy).

12 …
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

This is in contrast to Psalm 1’s blessed man putting his delight in the law of the Lord. For old and new covenant purposes, this is a shift from the Law to Christ. But the text is “law”, not “Law”. It is the “law of the Lord.” In the heavenly arc of God’s purpose, is not Christ God’s law? His law is love; God is love; Christ is Love incarnate.

From Psalm 1 – “In love I delight” and from Psalm 2, “In Christ I take refuge”. Can they not be equal?

“In Love I delight” (Psalm 1) = “In Christ I take refuge” (Psalm 2)

The Law as tutor, as child-conductor, is to hold us until Christ comes (Galatians 3). Christ now is; He is now the fulfillment of the law. I can see as the ancient psalmist would move from law (physical – Psalm 1) to Christ (spiritual – Psalm 2), and I can also see God’s heavenly narrative remaining intact: Christ as the fulfillment of God’s law and the personification of our delight, meditation, and refuge. And He can pull off both, because He’s just that big.

What are some of your thoughts as you sit with the Lord on Psalms 1 and 2?

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