Thursday, October 06, 2011
Meditation on the Law of the Lord
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
-- Psalms 1:2
How do we delight in the Law of the Lord?
As I was reading this scripture I thought about this question. I wondered how it applied to me. I could see that by obedience to the commandments of God I am indeed a happier person, but do I delight in the Law or just act out of fear?
The second half of this verse states that the individual meditates day and night in the Law. During the times of the Old Testament the 'Law of God' was what we know as the 'Law of Moses'. So it is saying that we should be meditating, or thinking about, the Law of Moses day and night.
Well what about now? We don't follow the Law of Moses anymore, so does this scripture become void?
We are supposed to meditate the Higher Law, taught by Christ and His Apostles. This makes it so that we can always be thinking good uplifting thoughts. It is when we stop thinking about the Laws of God that we start thinking carnally and cultivate desire to sin.
So to delight in the Law of the Lord is to desire to 'do good continually'. (Alma 19:33) It becomes something that we are happy about, and willing to do, rather than being told to over and over again.
As we meditate in the Law of the Lord by reading His scriptures and pondering their meanings, we will grow closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ, and be more able to follow His example.
Read a verse or two of scripture each morning and then think about it throughout the day. I promise it will help in every aspect of your life.