Hidden Treasures - The One Year Book of Psalms

Hidden Treasures

Psalm 1

1Oh, the joys of those

who do not follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with scoffers.

2But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants;

day and night they think about his law.

3They are like trees planted along the riverbank,

bearing fruit each season without fail.

Their leaves never wither,

and in all they do, they prosper.

4But this is not true of the wicked.

They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.

5They will be condemned at the time of judgment.

Sinners will have no place among the godly.

6For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,

but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

In A.D. 38 the great Bible translator Jerome began his work in the little town of Bethlehem—almost four centuries after Jesus was born there and fourteen centuries after King David was born there. It took Jerome twenty-three years to complete his translation of the Scriptures from Greek and Hebrew into Latin and thereby fulfill his dream “to give my Latin readers the hidden treasures.” His translation, the Vulgate, was valued as the authorized Latin version of the Scriptures for centuries.

Jerome loved the entire Bible, but he took special delight in the Psalms. His favorite verse was Psalm 1:2: “They delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law.” Jerome knew, as did the psalmist, that spending time with God’s Word is the key to joyful living.

When Joshua stood on the shores of the Jordan ready to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, he was given a similar message: “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night. . . . Only then will you succeed” (Joshua 1:8).

If you want to be joyful, if you wish to be truly successful, make it a priority to study God’s Word this year. Like Jerome’s readers, you will find that God’s Word is full of hidden treasures just waiting to be claimed.

The law of God is my delight,

That cloud by day, the fire by night,

Shall be my comfort in distress

And guide me through life’s wilderness.


In Hebrew the word for “think about” carries the sense of someone gently uttering, as though contemplating and repeating words from an enchanting verse.

“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.”


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The One Year Book of Psalms
By William Petersen, Randy Petersen, and Tyndale

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