Psalm 1 introduces a contrast between two different conceptions of blessedness, one that fulfills God’s promise in Genesis 1:28 for those who submit to his rule, and one that conceives of blessedness as a life of prosperity apart from God. The truly blessed person, the psalms teach, will not allow his conception of blessedness to be shaped by the counsel of the ungodly.
Rather, “his delight”—what will shape and form his path—“is in the law [Torah] of the Lord.” The term Torah appears thirty-six times in the Book of Psalms, but twenty-six of those are found in just two psalms: Psalm 19 and Psalm 119. These two “Torah Psalms” also use five additional synonyms to describe God’s Law: testimony, statutes, commandment, fear, and judgments. These six terms are spread throughout the psalms, but only Psalm 19 and Psalm 119 use all six.
The Power of God’s Word
In its narrowest sense, the term “Torah” refers to the first five books of Moses, but it…