Psalm 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
This past week I started a Bible study on the book of Psalms. So far, (three days into it) I am really enjoying it. The study began with Psalm 1 (imagine that!), so today I would like to talk about some of the things I got out of this chapter.
Verse 2 especially stood out to me. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
It was convicting to me because I have a tendency to have my personal devotions in the morning and then go about my day without giving what I read too much more thought. But we should be meditating on God’s Word all throughout our day and into the night.
And it shouldn’t be something we do just because it is our duty. The first part of Verse 2 says that “his delight” is in God’s Word. When we delight in something, it is something we love doing, something we want to do, and something we do every chance we get. Our delight should be in God’s Word, thinking about it and understanding what it means to us.
Our study of God’s Word should also go beyond thinking about it, but should also include applying what we learn.
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
As the passage in James says, just knowing what God wants us to do is not enough. We need to apply what He tells us through His Word. If we don’t, it would be like a person seeing in the mirror that their face is dirty and then going on about their day without taking care of it, which would seem kind of ridiculous!
And when we are following God’s will for our lives, studying and applying His Word, and avoiding the temptations that come, we will be fruitful, like a healthy tree growing near a good water source.
What stood out to you in this psalm? Which verse in Psalm 1 is your favorite? What is something God has been teaching you lately? Let me know in the comments!