1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
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
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will 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 wicked will perish.
Delighting in the Law of the Lord
I have heard it said that God isn’t worried about your knowledge of the Bible, but rather how you live out His Word. There is a lot of truth to that statement and I understand the sentiment of it and affirm it. However, it should come with some qualification.
For starters, let’s make sure that we understand that while mere knowledge has no value to God it is required that we have said knowledge in order to please God. Without knowledge of the word how can one live it out? If I don’t know what God’s Word says and means then how can carry out its commands and live up to its standards?
The man or women who does not stand or walk in the way of sinners and is therefore blessed can only be so because that person is filled to the brim with the knowledge and wisdom of the Word of God. This means they must spend time with it and in it. And this why we see that the person the psalms is speaking of is one who meditates on the Law both day and night.
And it is this practice of meditation that produces a holy lifestyle. This meditation is not the emptying of our minds, as in eastern mysticism, but conversely it is the filling of our minds with the Word of God and inviting the Spirit to ministry its truths to our deepest being. This practice has the ability to transform our thinking and preferences to where we delight in righteousness rather that wickedness. We become less enamored with this world and the things in it and more enamored with the things of the Lord. We begin to react differently to situations and we become disgusted with urges of the sinful flesh. We gain mastery over our faculties and our heart begins to break for the things of the Lord.
It is in this place that we can then cling to the promises of God when he says, “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me!”
So, friend, do you delight in His Word. Do you know His Word? And if you do know His Word, do you meditate on His Word? Has it transformed your thinking? Has it softened your heart?