“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.” Psalm 1:2-3
TO BE BLESSED MAKE SURE YOU SPEND TIME IN GOD’S WORD
(1) Love the Word, V. 2
The word “delight” means to take great pleasure in. It has the idea of a consuming passion that controls your life. Everyone “delights” in something. Some people delight in food. Others delight in a job or a hobby or a career. Some delight in a particular friendship. Many people delight in money or the things money can buy. And many delight in evil pleasures and wrong desires. Mark this well. Your “delight” determines your direction. What do you delight in? What gets your motor running? What gets you excited in the morning and keeps you awake at night? What do you daydream about?
Tell me the answers to those questions and I’ll tell you something crucial about who you are. To delight is to be so excited about something that you just can’t wait. Watch a young couple in love and you’ll know what “delight” means. Or take a young man Who has fallen in love for the first time. Ask his friends and they’ll say, “He’s not the same guy he used to be. They mean he has radically changed. He doesn’t want to hang around with them anymore. All he does is talk about “that girl.” Just look at him. He’s got this goofy grin on his face. He’s in love. Now apply that principle to the Word of God. We are to delight in God’s Word as a lover delights in a letter from his beloved.
I guess the question to ask is – “Do you love God’s Word like that?”
And, it not, “Why not?” “What needs to happen? What needs to change?”
“How would your life be different if you did?”
(2) Live the Word
Rick Warren, in The Purpose Driven Life, describes meditation this way: "Meditation is focused thinking. It takes serious effort. You select a verse and reflect on it over and over in your mind...if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate". Warren goes on to say, "No other habit can do more to transform your life and make you more like Jesus than daily reflection on Scripture…If you look up all the times God speaks about meditation in the Bible, you will amazed at the benefits He has promised to those who take the time to reflect on His Word throughout the day"
The Hebrew word used for "meditate" can be literally interpreted “Chew your cud” Meditate means “a strong desire to understand God’s will in order to do it!
WHAT MADE JESUS SO UNIQUE AND POWERFUL WAS THAT HE LIVE OUT THE LAW OF GOD – AND HE WAS THE WORD!
God sets a high standard for us but that is because the stakes are high! Also, the satisfaction level is high for those who do – THEY GET THE BLESSINGS:
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water” - STABILITY
“which yields its fruit in its season” – PRODUCTIVITY
“and whose leaf does not wither” – LONGEVITY
“whatever they do prospers.” - PROSPERITY
Being blessed doesn't happen by accident. There are reasons why some people see God's blessing rain upon their lives and why others don't. I have touched on several of those reasons today and in some previous posts. Why would you want to miss out on the blessings of God when you can enjoy His goodness and His favor AND be a blessing to others?
Delight in His Word!
Meditate on His Word!