Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Psalm 1

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.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish

I thought this was a good way to start the day today. This is an exciting chapter! I want so much to be this person. The righteous person delights in the law of the Lord. Delights in reading the Bible! And as a result, at the end of verse 3, "everything he does prospers." There are rewards for following God's direction. Rewards for both now and for eternity. That's pretty cool to me. I certainly don't want to be like the person described in verse 4. They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Yikes. Basically, useless. I certainly don't want to be like dust blowing in the wind.

Verse 2 is the key today though. "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." I think it is saying much more than a simple "read your Bible daily." It's saying to meditate on it day and night. Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." We need to keep God's word with us all day long. It's much more than a daily BIble reading, it's a full digestion. It's taking in God's word, meditating on it, and then practicing what gets read each and every day. That certainly sounds ambitious to me! But an ambition worth striving for, each and every day.

1 comment:

Claire said...

How right you are. He is the director of our lives and His word is what tells us how to go. One thing I find enouraging is verse 6. He watches the paths of the righteous, and we are righteous through the blood of Christ. SO, He is watching and guiding our paths daily. Now we just need to listen, wathc, and follow!