There was a moment in my life when I was the new kid in town and didn’t have any friends. I was desperate to make a connection and unfortunately the group of kids I connected with weren’t a great influence on me. When I read Psalm 1 this morning, I remember about how I went down this first path for a little while. I made compromises in my life based on the word of my peers rather than the word of God. In my case it lead me to a scary place and if it wasn’t for the grace of God I shudder to think what could have happened to me if I stayed on that path.
I’ve also walked down the path of being delighted in the Law of the Lord. Indeed, that’s a big part of what this blog is about. My life is so much better when I delight in God’s Word.
Biblical meditation is different than Eastern Meditation. Eastern Meditation is mind emptying. Biblical meditation is a mind saturating thing. It’s like a dog with a bone he keeps going back to chewing over and over again until he’s devoured every last part. That kind of meditation applied to the Word of God is what brings blessing into our lives.
There is a storehouse of biblical knowledge for those who delight in the word of God. Knowledge not just about God, but knowledge of God. The more we read, understand, trust, and obey God’s word (put it into practice), the more we grow. Even in the dry and difficult seasons we aren’t left without hope, encouragement, truth, and joy.
Father, Thank you for your word today in Psalm 1. I’ve seen and testify to the truth of this in my life. Thank you for the joy and fellowship that is found in reading your word in community, discussing it, and applying it to our lives. I ask that I would be delighted in your Law today. In Jesus Name, Amen.
[Psa 1:1-6 NKJV] 1 Blessed [is] the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly [are] not so, But [are] like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
I’m reading and blogging the Psalms Through The Summer. I’d love for you to join me. You can find out a little more here.