In what has been an ongoing attempt to familiarize myself more with the classics of Christian writing, I am now going through Spurgeon’s “Treasury of David” (all seven volumes!). I have found it to be aptly named. There is a true gold mine to be found within its pages. From time to time I hope to share with you some of the more inspiring passages, with the hope that in so doing I will whet your appetite to treat yourself to this spiritual treasure trove.
Today, from Spurgeon’s notes on Psalm One:
And now mark his positive character. “His delight is in the law of the Lord.” He is not under the law as a curse and condemnation, but he is in it, and he delights to be in it as his rule of life; he delights, moreover, to meditate in it, to read it by day, and think upon it by night. He takes a text and carries it with him all day long; and in the night-watches, when sleep forsakes his eyelids, he museth upon the Word of God. In the day of his prosperity he sings psalms out of the Word of God, and in the night of his affliction he comforts himself with promises out of the same book. “The law of the Lord” is the daily bread of the true believer. And yet, in David’s day, how small was the volume of inspiration, for they had scarcely anything save the first five books of Moses! How much more, then, should we prize the whole written Word which it is our privilege to have in all our houses! But alas, ill-treatment is given to this angel from heaven! We are not all Berean searchers of the Scriptures. How few among us can lay claim to the benediction of the text! Perhaps some of you can claim a sort of negative purity, because you do not walk in the way of the ungodly; but let me ask you–Is your delight in the law of God? Do you study God’s Word? Do you make it the man of your right hand–your best companion and hourly guide? If not, this blessing belongeth not to you.
A couple things stood out to me in this commentary:
1) I thought the application Spurgeon makes to day and night, referring to them as seasons of prosperity and affliction, to be quite interesting. I don’t know if that was the original intent of the psalmist, but there is certainly a lesson to be learned there.
2) Being in the law and not under it–that is profound.
3) Spurgeon makes an outstanding point as to how much of the Law was actually available to the psalmist–as compared to how much is available to us now. And yet how much more he seemed to long for it and treasure it than do we.