Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
Their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and they meditate on God’s teaching day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
everything they do shall prosper. — Psalm 1:1-3 (ELW translation)
When reading the first Psalm, there is a great temptation to read it only as an exhortation to us to meditate upon God’s Law. While that can be a fine activity, it is not the only way we read Scripture. Truly, when Christians read Scripture, we should also be aware that the Old Testament is pointing towards and speaking about Jesus. Doing this form of reading will likely be one that does not yield what we might consider “life advice,” but that is not the point. The greater point is that in Jesus we see as the fulfillment of the Scripture.
Were we to consider Psalm 1 we see many strands overlaying each other. When considering that the hypothetical individual the psalmist imagines that they “mediate on God’s teaching day and night,” we think of our confession of Jesus being the Word of God from and through whom that teaching has been given. And then, when the psalmist writes, “They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither,” we can easily see the crucifixion of Jesus. From the stream of water pouring from his side, the life that his death gives to us as the fruit of the cross, and the leaves not withering as the promise of the Resurrection.
As you go about your daily devotional readings of Scripture, be on the lookout for where Jesus is. Particularly, look for Jesus as you read the Old Testament.
God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+