But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
In verse 1, happiness is found in the negative (what happiness is not). In verse 2, happiness is stated in the positive (what happiness is). We need to understand that happiness is not a means to an end. The surprising thing about happiness is that we gain happiness backwards. In other words, if we seek God instead of happiness, then we will get God and happiness.
Consider the example of Matthew. He was a tax collector and would have been reviled by society because of his profession, yet in his Gospel he quoted Jesus as saying blessed is the man who hungers and thirsts for righteousness because righteousness is truly satisfying. He rejected the happiness of the world to find happiness in God.
The law of the Lord in verse 2 is not referring to a set of rules and laws, but teaching and instruction from God—the revelation of God in Scripture. The central point of all the Bible is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We find happiness when we stop making happiness our main priority. There is nothing wrong with being happy, but we must find our happiness in a way that brings honor to God. When we open our Bibles we hear from God and learn to love Him more.
- Do you delight in God’s Word? Does it excite and motivate you? If not, why not?
- Is there a difference between reading and delighting in God’s Word? What is that difference?
- Thank God for His Word and ask Him to help you desire it deeply.