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I’m reading through the Psalms these days, and I’m struck with how often David and the other psalmists speak of delighting in the law of God. This statement occurs 12 times in the version I’m reading – the English Standard Version.

C. S. Lewis, in his Reflections on the Psalms, says it is a mystery to him how people could rejoice in the law. He could imagine fearing the law, or respecting the law, but how could they delight in it?

He concluded,

Their delight in the law is the delight in having touched firmness; like the pedestrian delights in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false shortcut has long entangled him in muddy fields.

I can relate. Years ago, I went deep sea fishing with some friends. We were out a few miles, the waves became choppy, the boat was bobbing like crazy, and I became as sick as I’ve ever been. When we finally returned to land, the feeling of firmness was a huge relief and joy.

In a world of uncertainty, there is one thing that is rock-solid and firm – the word of God.


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