The Psalms are at times called God’s Hymnal. The Psalms are a collection of poems, or songs, that the nation of Israel would use to praise the Almighty God. The Psalms are arranged, not chronologically, but strategically. And it is no mistake that the opening Psalm of God’s Hymnal is about the Word of God; for in order to sing about God, you must know God, and the means by which we know God is through His Word.
God, in his infinite wisdom, designed this world to function through the use of words. We take this for granted, for this is all we know. We cannot imagine a system working apart from the use of words. Words are how we take thoughts in our head and push them out for others to hear. It is through these words that we are known. For example, when you began to date someone what do you do? You talk. Why? So that you can get to know the other person. It is through words that we reveal to others our likes and dislikes, our passions, our dreams, our history. It is through words we express who we are.
This was God’s design. He desired his image bearer to use words to reveal to others who they were. Why? Because God is a God who uses His Word to reveal to us who He is; His likes and dislikes, His passions, His purposes, His-Story.
These Words of God have been written down for us in the Bible. Who wrote them down? Was it God or was it man? Both. Man, at the direction of God, wrote down God’s Words so that we can know Him. Hebrews 1:1 says it this way, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets.” 2 Peter 1:21 says it this way, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” The pen of God was the life of man. He used man to proclaim His Word.
And the purpose of this Word is not academic; it is so that we can know the One True God. And this is the primary way (and arguably the only way) in which we know Him, through his Word. For his Word is his revelation to us as to who He is. The Word is the mind of God spoken to us.
And as our passage tells us today, the man who delights in this Word day and night is “blessed.” What does blessed mean? The Hebrew word is ‘esher, which simply means happy. Happiness flows out of knowing God by soaking in His Word. And why is this? Because the greatest joy can only come from the greatest source.
This blog is a part of a series of blogs that are based upon Wayne Grudem’s book titled, Systematic Theology. Each week the title of the blog and the Scripture of the blog are taken from Grudem’s book. Readers are encouraged to read Grudem’s book along with these blogs.