Thomas Watson – The Saint’s Spiritual Delight

But his delight is in the law of the Lord. Ps. 1:2

CHAPTER 1

Showing that Negative Goodness is but a broken Title to Heaven.

Just as the book of the Canticles is called the Song of Songs by a Hebraism (being the most excellent of songs), so Psalm 1 may not unfitly be entitled, the Psalm of Psalms, for it contains in it the very pith and quintessence of Christianity. What Jerome says of Paul’s epistles, I may say of this psalm; it is short for the composition, but full of length and strength for the matter. This psalm carries blessedness in the frontispiece; it begins where we all hope to end: it may well be called A Christian’s Guide, for it reveals the quicksands where the wicked sink down in perdition, verse 1; and the firm ground on which the saints tread to glory, verse 2. The text is an epitome and breviary of religion, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night.” Every word has its emphasis; I begin with the first word But.

Just as the book of the Canticles is called the Song of Songs by a Hebraism (being the most excellent of songs), so Psalm 1 may not unfitly be entitled, the Psalm of Psalms, for it contains in it the very pith and quintessence of Christianity. What Jerome says of Paul’s epistles, I may say of this psalm; it is short for the composition, but full of length and strength for the matter. This psalm carries blessedness in the frontispiece; it begins where we all hope to end: it may well be called A Christian’s Guide, for it reveals the quicksands where the wicked sink down in perdition, verse 1; and the firm ground on which the saints tread to glory, verse 2. The text is an epitome and breviary of religion, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night.” Every word has its emphasis; I begin with the first word But.

Continue Reading

Please follow and like us:
0