Inside vs. Outside

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To the contrary,
in Yahweh’s teaching is his pleasure,
and in His teaching he meditates by day and night (Psalm 1:2, Motyer translation).

[Note on “pleasure” from verse 2]: Note the emphasis—not on outward obedience (as in v.1)—but on inward realities: ‘pleasure,’ the delight of the will; ‘meditates,’ directing and feeding the mind. Compare Joshua 1:8.

Godliness starts on the inside.

— Alec Motyer, Psalms by the Day, 11 (emphasis added).

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