Psa. 1:1¶ Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
Psa. 1:2 but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
Psa. 1:3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Many people will want to give advice to us along this journey of life. They will try to encourage us to go in one way or another. The Psalmist has had this same experience and is keenly aware of the destructive nature of some advice that we receive. Instead we are happy and delighted in the law of the LORD. The law of the LORD may be contrary to the advice given to us by others and it may radically counter-cultural, but it is into this space of dwelling where we are invited.
What is delightful is meditating on the law of the LORD. Really soaking in the word of God and getting to know God through what has been passed down to us. This is not something that is supposed to happen on occasion, but we are to be intentional about meditating on the law on a daily basis. From the time we get up until the time we lay down again, we are to focus on him.
The laws of the LORD can carry us through the rough times in life because they are rooted in the foundation of God. That’s why they will provide for us at just the right time and with all that we need.
Probably the word “delight” hasn’t come to mind when we think about meditating on the law of the LORD. However, the more that we meditate on the law and we spend time with our LORD, the more that we discover the joy that comes from God. The law leads us directly to knowing the nature of God. In knowing the nature of God we are invited into participation with God and we are transformed in God’s very presence. This is delightful!
Experiencing God in this way is transformative to our lives. God invites us to be his children in a very intimate holy and loving relationship. This relationship is one in which we experience the deep and abiding love of God. That is delightful.
Soak in God’s law today, and in this way — soak in him.
Lord, your love and law is sustaining. Thank you! Amen.