If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, you will want to do so before reading this one because I pick up here right where I left off there.
Not only does the New Testament tell us that we have a new and specific meaning to ascribe to “Lord” in the Old Testament through Jesus Christ, we also learn in the New Testament that the Lord Jesus has a different law for us to follow than what Moses laid down. Of course, Jesus does not discard the words of Moses; He just stops interpreting them according to the flesh. That is, Jesus doesn’t care about physical circumcision, about which foods we eat, or about whether our oxen are muzzled or not. Rather He cares about whether we love God and neighbor, and He uses the true and underlying meaning of Moses’ laws to teach us that. Hebrews 7:12 speaks explicitly of the “change in law” that occurred when Psalm 110 was fulfilled. 1 Corinthians 9:21 and Galatians 6:2 each speak of this “law of Christ.” James called it “the perfect law” (James 1:25) and Paul called it the proper summation of all the commandments: love (Romans 13:8-10).
Therefore, when you read Psalm 1, not only think of the Lord personally as Jesus. Also think of His “law” as what it specifically is: love…as Jesus practiced it. This supreme love is devotion to God and selflessness toward others. This makes Psalm 1 much more of a guiding light than it would be otherwise. This same approach should be used with all the references to Lord in the Old Testament because Jesus came to put a face on God (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Jesus makes the Bible (including passages such as Psalm 1) far more personal to us from God than they would be otherwise. This is the kingdom of God – rejoice in it!
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.