Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. Psalm 1:1-6
What do you want most in life? Most people would say that they want to be happy and successful. That of course can mean different things to different people. In this Psalm, David tells us the key to true happiness in life. It is in delighting in the “law of the LORD” and meditating on it all the time. We often think of laws as being restrictive and yet the “law of the LORD” brings true freedom in life.
Sometimes I obsess about things. A mental tape starts playing in my head and it's hard to stop. I’ve done this many times with a classical piano piece. This is similar to meditating on something. The dictionary definition of “meditate” is “to focus one’s thoughts on (or to) reflect on or ponder over".1 When we meditate on something we focus exclusively on that thing or in this case the “law of the LORD”. Meditating on and delighting in God’s law is delighting in God himself, the amazing things he has done, and his plans for us. When we do that we are like a tree that grows, prospers, and is fruitful.
However, those who follow the counsel of the wicked and their sinful ways are like chaff or the useless parts that the wind blows away. The wicked and their sinful ways will not last and will be judged. The promise for those who delight in the Lord is that God watches over us and he directs our steps. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (NKJV) If we are delighting in and valuing God and his law above all else then we can be assured that the Lord is delighting in us. What a promise!
What are you delighting in today? What do you look forward to in your day? Are you experiencing the assurance and peace that comes from knowing that God is watching over you today?
Delighting in the Lord can start by simply looking outside in the morning and thanking God for his beautiful creation and acknowledging that he is giving us another day to enjoy. Delighting in the Lord can be expressed in gratitude to him for the gift of our families and the people in our lives. Delighting in the Lord is seeking to please him in our workplace. Delighting in the Lord is seeking to give him glory in all we do. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Let’s strive to delight in God’s law today knowing that doing so will make us truly happy and successful in life.
1. What brings you the most delight or joy in life?
2. What would help you delight in the Lord and his Word more?
Father, help me to delight in you and your law today. I want to please you in everything I do. Make me like a tree that grows and is fruitful daily.
1 Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meditate.