Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

Strength from Delight

Psalm 1

1Blessed 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;

2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3He 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.

4The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

The man who does not do what the wicked do is not a lonely, desperate, recluse. He is a happy man. Going God’s way and doing God’s will and heeding God’s Word do not produce misery. The man in this Psalm takes great delight in the Law of the Lord. It is his happiness.

This doesn’t mean that the man of Psalm 1 is king of the nerds who just enjoys weird stuff. This is not someone who can’t get a date, who no one likes, is socially inept and everyone avoids. It also does not mean that the man is never sad. But it does mean that the Word of God is a tonic to the soul. It gives hope in the midst of despair, joy in the midst of sorrow, strength in the midst of weakness.

Because of his meditation and delight in the Law of God this man is strong, like a well watered, and well rooted tree. How many Christians today are accurately described in this way? Maybe the weakness of some is due to the fact that they put their focus too much on not being the nerdy type just mentioned.

We are full of reasons, explanations and excuses as to why we are neurotic, depressed, anxious. We have all kinds of explanations as to why we cannot meditate on the Word “day and night”. And we are not like trees planted by the rivers of water.

We should not believe that the man of Psalm 1 had no issues or no reasons to be depressed. He most likely did. Those problems would have bothered him. But they could not take away his delight in the Word of God. They did not stop him from getting into the Word of God. And they could not prevent him from becoming a man of strength and fruitfulness and real success.

People clamour today to be the things that the man of Psalm 1 had become. But they will not believe that the Word of God is part of the reason he has become that. So they chase after all the wrong things and miss the goal they were aiming at.

Spend some time in the Word today. Meditate on it. Pray to understand it and have it pierce to your soul. Strive to obey it.

So many voices to listen to. Don’t rob yourself by listening to all the ones that make great hollow promises that will never be fulfilled. Hear Him.