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The Meditation of God s Law, The Good Man's Delilght

The Meditation of God s Law, The Good Man's Delilght

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D.


PSALM i. 2.

" But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he
meditate (or exercise himself) day and night."
BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D.


PSALM i. 2.

" But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he
meditate (or exercise himself) day and night."

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THE MEDITATIO OF GOD S LAW, THE GOOD MA'S DELIGHT. BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D. PSALM i. 2. " But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate (or exercise himself) day and night." I the Old Testament we find, that in former ages, when people had occasion and desire to know the mind of God in any difficult and doubtful case, they went to the high priest, who asking counsel for them " after the  judgment of Urim before the Lord ," the Lord was pleased to give them such responses, or answers, as clearly discovered his will in the case propounded ; which were therefore called his oracles : or else, if God had raised up ever a prophet among them, as he usually did in every age, they would go and consult him, or " enquire of the Lord by him 2 ," and the prophet, by divine inspiration, would certainly tell them what the mind of the Lord was in the business they went about. Thus "God, at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets 3 ." It was God who spake by the prophets ; and therefore, whatsoever they said, as such, was like wise an oracle of God. And, therefore, St. Paul, speaking of the advantages which the Jews had above 1 umb, xxvii. 21. 2 Jer. xxi. 2. * Heb. i. 1. THE MEDITATIO OF GOD S LAW, &C. 503 other people, reckons this as the chief, " because that unto them were committed the oracles of God V
 
We have no such kind of oracles to consult in these latter days, as they had : neither have we any occasion for them ; for now that God hath spoken to us by his Son, and hath caused what he spake by him and his apostles, as well as what he had before spoken by the prophets, to be committed to writing 1 , and faithfully brought down and delivered to us, we may there know the mind of God in every thing that is necessary for us to consult him about, as certainly as if we received it immediately from him by the mouth of a high priest, or a prophet. For all that Holy Scripture being given by inspiration of God, it is all but as one continued oracle of God, wherein he hath delivered and declared his divine will and pleasure in all things that are necessary for any man to know. And whatsoever is not there revealed, we may from thence conclude, that it is not necessary for us to know it ; but, rather, that it is the divine will that we should not be inquisitive about it. But as whatsoever is there revealed, is there fore revealed that we might know it ; so whatsoever we are really concerned to know, in order to our being happy, is there revealed, so as that we may knoAV the mind of God himself concerning it. As for example : it highly concerns all men to know wherein true happiness consisteth, or who may be truly said to be a blessed, or a happy man. This we can never know from men themselves ; for they could never yet agree about it, some accounting one man happy, some another : and most esteem those only happy, who have most of the good things, as they are called, of this life ; though they which have them find, by their own experience, that they are as far from being happy as they who have them not. Wherefore our only way to be fully resolved in this case is, to consult the oracles of God who made us, and, therefore, best knows what will make us happy. But 4 Rom. iii. 3.
 
504 THE MEDITATIO OF GOD S LAW, [SERM. there we find that he never pronounceth any man happy for any outward enjoyments. He never saith, Blessed are the rich ; Blessed are they that are advanced to honour and authority over their fellow-creatures ; Blessed are they that fare deliciously every day ; Blessed are they that live in ease and plenty of all things they can desire in this world. There is nothing like this in all the Bible among the oracles of God, which are there recorded. But what then saith the answer of God to this great question, Who is the blessed man ? That we have here delivered, not in ambiguous terms, like the heathen oracles, but in words so plain and easy, that any one that reads them may certainly understand the mind of God in them. For thus saith the Lord, " Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, and that hath not sat in the seat of the scornful : but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law will he exercise himself," or meditate, " day and night." Where we see the blessed man described, not by what he hath, or hath not, in this world ; but first, by what he doth not, and then by what he doth. He doth not follow the counsel of ungodly men, that would entice him from his obedience to the truth, and laws of God ; he doth what he can to keep out of the way that sinners walk in; and if, through surprise or inadvertency, he happens to be got into it, yet howsoever he doth not stand, or continue, in it ; he never sits, or associates himself, with scorners, such as make a mock at sin, deride religion, and scorn reproof. These are the obstinate sinners, upon whom the curse of God will certainly fall ; and, therefore, he, who is blessed of God, will avoid such company and acquaintance, as he would do

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