1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
An hour all to myself and instead of reading a book, watching a movie, blogging, or browsing popular social networking sites, I took to prayer and then opened the Word of God. It by far was the most beneficial thing I’ve done in quiet sometime. Conveniently placed, my bookmark sat in the opening chapters of the book of Psalms. As good as any other place in the Bible, I dug in and took to heart the first three verses.
God was completely moving and gave me just what I needed in my study this evening as I’ve constantly been challenged in finding daily time to spend in His word. It’s hard sometimes with a small child and the many other obligations that are in my life but it’s no excuse. No excuse at all. And with that being said I took this Psalm completely to heart.
The first part of Psalm 1:2 reads “But his delight is in the LAW of the Lord”…
The word DELIGHT brings to my mind the things that we prioritize in our lives and how it should be our relationship with God. If we are constantly always wanting more things in our lives to try to fill some empty void and never being happy with what we have than there’s something terribly wrong. Our lives should be purpose driven into wanting to be more Christ like, to mirror Him in all that we do.
The second part of Psalm 1:2 reads “And in His Law he meditates day & night”…
Things that aren’t really that important often fill our lives. Do those thinks really make us happy? I believe we believe the lie that they do but we all know the effects only last for so long before we find ourselves needing something else. Shouldn’t that something be God? He is the everlasting and in taking his cup we should never be parched again so shouldn’t we be thirsty for Him always? We should be digging into His word and pondering/meditating on it day and night just like the verse says in Psalms 1:2.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads…
“all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”
and Joshua 1:8 says…
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it DAY AND NIGHT, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”
So we need to be making the time and I know personally that it’s going to take planning, routine, and effort as with anything that is really worth it. Is it hard to plan when schedules seem to go haywire, especially as the mother as a small child? Sure it can and will happen. It’s up to us though, it’s about self discipline. Start by praying, find what works for you and go for it. Maybe you’ll have to start cutting somethings out of your daily schedule…so do it. Minimizing other things will greater strength your relationship with God.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”
I don’t know about you, but I want to be like a tree with roots firmly established. Let no storm pull me down for I am His and want to constantly be walking in the presence of Almighty God.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and
when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9