ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled [H8549 – tamiym] in the way [H1870 – derek], who walk [H1980 – halak] in the law [H8451 – torah] of the Lord.
We’re all on a path. David starts this Psalm pointing out to you where the blessings lie. They are found by walking completely and perfectly in the teachings and instructions [H8451 – torah] of the Creator of the universe.
When you make His pathway [H1870 – derek] your manner of life [H1980 – halak] there are great benefits. You’ll be walking according to His purposes, loving the things He loves and hating the things He hates.
There are those who would teach you that these instructions are a curse and that they are no longer valid for you. Usually, they cite select verses from Paul’s epistles.
Look, either Paul contradicted David – the “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) or we misunderstand Paul. (2 Peter 3:15-17)
I choose to believe the latter.
- Undefiled [H8549 – tamiym] – perfect, complete, whole (Source)
- Way [H1870 – derek] – a road, path, journey (Source)
- Walk [H1980 – halak] – manner of life (Source)
- Law [H8451 – towrah] – instruction and doctrine, only secondarily used as law (Source)
root: torah [H3384 – yarah] – to throw, cast or shoot (Source)