Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 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: 1-3 NIV
But those whose delight is in the law of the Lord…
Reading the passage above, I think to myself “law” and immediately feel “Ugh”. When I think of law in our world I think of speed limits, electoral votes, and taxes. All things that are law, but no one enjoys. So, reading “whose delight is in the LAW” seems tough, but we have to read on to “of the Lord.”
Other translations say: “Instead you thrill to God’s Word,” (The Message) “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings]” (Amplified)
His precepts and teachings… When we delight (take great pleasure, give keen enjoyment) in his precepts and teachings and meditate on it day and night we then enjoy the blessing of verse 3. That sounds like good news doesn’t it? And it sounds simple too. Then why isn’t it simple to do?
Go to your bible app and search for verses in the book of Psalm with the word delight (NIV). I see 29. There are 29 verses where David speaks of finding joy in the Lord’s commands, precepts, teachings, and salvation. He speaks on how without “the law” he would have perished in his affliction (119:92), that “the law” is his counselor (119:24), that “the law” directs him along the path (119:35), he even says in that the Lord’s instruction is more valuable than thousands of pieces of silver and gold (119:72).
David shows us that the law is not to be thought of as laws of the land. But that the law is God’s instruction to us, His wisdom given to us that SAVES us. Naturally, law can be something that cause people to be upset, and rebels to go their own way. Law in most cases protects us. For example, texting while driving, we can cause accidents and people can get hurt. In the same way God’s law protects us and it teaches us.
I know this is not the most fun thing to read about, but it gives me delight to try to explain to every reader that the Lord’s Law is not a bunch of religious rituals. It isn’t that you can’t wear hats in the church building, or makeup, or jeans. It’s all about the love of Christ given to us. I can say that it brings me joy to have encounter speaking and hearing from God when he wakes me to pray (though rolling out of bed at 4am is NO fun at all). When I am on my knees saying God I need this or that, and He tells me what I really need and what He has already provided… that frees me from pain and suffering I was inflicting on myself.
We so often go through things day to day and try to figure out the solution ourselves, or we TELL God how we need Him to handle it. Often our suffering is caused by us looking to things other than God and His Word to validate or direct us. I know I have done it, and it caused me so much unnecessary stress. But…
My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Psalm 119:71 NLT
David said that, not me! But I agree.
I have written all this so you can really sit and think on “the law of the Lord” and how to delight in it. What does delighting in it mean for you. As stated in the opening passage, I want to be that tree standing firm by the water, that bears fruits and never withers away. I want all I do to prosper! So I choose to delight in the Lord. I choose to discipline my flesh to meditate on His Word, and make time to pray and encounter His presence!
We have to do it. We must. I feel it is a call for His people. Revival for the believer happens when we Delight in the LORD!
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