Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
I was reading something recently and the author mentioned how the Psalms was a good place to see patterns of praising God. I went to the first psalm which I had memorized years ago and never thought of it as a psalm of praise. I just saw it as a contrast between the godly and the ungodly, as well as a psalm that gave the benefits of meditating on the Word. However, when I went to it this time, I saw praise in it for the first time. When the psalmist talked about the benefits of delighting in the Word of God and meditating in it continuously, He was actually praising God - bragging about how God’s Word is so beneficial. He contrasts the benefits of the godly with the consequences of being ungodly (verses 4-6). If God’s Word has all those benefits, and being like God (godly) brings rewards, that means God and His Word are ALL THAT! Praise the Lord!