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. (Psalm 1:1-2)
Who Is Blessed?
The word “blessed” used in verse 1 refers to a state of well-being in relationship with God.
Who is blessed? Who can enjoy that state of well-being in relationship with God? The person who is guided by God’s instruction rather than by the advice of those who reject His instruction.
When we choose to look to God’s Word for direction in our lives, when we learn to delight in His Word, we become blessed. This is how we are able to maintain a state of well-being in our relationship with God. It keeps our relationship with Him healthy!
Delight in God’s Word
God blesses those who delight in His Word.
We need to be careful of avoiding the wrong kind of influence. We also need to be proactive in filling our hearts and minds with the right influence.
The “law of the Lord” is the covenant which is founded on God’s grace – not righteousness that is earned by good works.
(Sidenote: This Psalm was written for the Israelites who considered the Law to be the Torah, particularly Deuteronomy. Although God had given His people the Law, it wasn’t the Law that endeared them to Himself. They failed over and over and over again, but He kept loving them. His grace was evident throughout the whole Old Testament. And, it is the Law that pointed them and us to Jesus Christ – the ultimate demonstration of grace. An example is 2 Chronicles 30.)
Meditate on God’s Word
What does it mean to meditate on God’s Word? And why should we do this?
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. [have success = act wisely] (Joshua 1:8)
Meditating on God’s Word is likened to a cow chewing her cud. A cow takes a bite, chews it for a long time, swallows it, digests it, brings it up again, and repeats that process multiple times. (Sorry if that’s too graphic for you!) So it should be with us and God’s Word. We read a bit, “chew on it” for a while, let it sink in, revisit it again and again. The more we chew on God’s Word, the more it nourishes our souls.
God’s Word Shapes Our Worldview
It’s about facing every situation, be it ever so mundane, with a view to pleasing the Lord by knowing and following His Word. It’s about the perspective from which we view our lives, the circumstances and situations we find ourselves in. Allowing God’s Word to be the lens by which we see things and through which we look at the people we are in relationship with. It’s about our minds being renewed to align with God’s Word instead of what we think or what other people want us to think or even the lies the enemy wants us to believe. This is a lifelong process and it is something we PRACTICE. It is something we need to be intentional about. It doesn’t just happen.
I want to be blessed. Am I guided by God’s instruction? Or am I following the advice of those who reject His instruction?
Who do I listen to?
When I’m deciding:
- how to spend my time
- where to go
- how to respond to situations
- how to deal with difficult relationships…
…am I turning to God’s Word for direction? Or do I seek advice from those who don’t base their lives on the Lord’s ways (including TV, online media, or books)?
Which voices do I allow to influence me? Whose opinion matters most to me?
Notice the progression from walking, to standing, to sitting. The comfort level increases as your position becomes more settled. It’s a slippery slope. Little compromises lead to bigger compromises. Let’s take this as a word of caution and be careful of those small steps toward an increasing commitment to the wrong kind of influence.
Am I delighting in God’s Word? Do I take the time to meditate on it? Am I learning to apply it to my life and shape how I view the world around me?