Today’s Bible Reading:
Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:10; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16
Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Law of the Lord,
And on His Law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. -Psalm 1:1-3, NASB
I had to really think about what it means to delight in God’s word. I got to thinking about my motives for spending time in God’s word. What drives me to my daily reading.? A sense of duty? Is it because I have a group of accountability partners that I want to cheer on? Or do I come because of the great pleasure and satisfaction I get from spending time in God’s word? I so want to answer it is because of the great delight I find there. And yes, I do find delight there. But do I delight in it? Do I long for God’s word like I long for a walk in my favorite woods? Do I look forward to it as much as I look forward to some chocolatey treat? Do I desire it as much as I do snow right now? Is it consuming my thoughts? Oh, I had to do some confessing to the Lord this morning. And I have asked that He give me great delight in His word. It is so easy to just go through the motions, but then I may find myself walking along and casting a glance in the direction of sin. Then I may pause and stand there for a moment and finally I may even get to the point where I am willing to sit down in the midst of that sin. Do you see that progression in verse 1 of this Psalm? Walk, stand, sit. Instead, I want to be among the blessed who are like trees planted by streams of water…living water. I want to be fed by Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Living Water. I want to bear fruit and not wither-unlike that fig tree Jesus encountered in Matt. 21:18–22. I want to prosper, but not in the way of the world, rather to prosper in the way that God deems best for me. My prosperity cannot be about riches on earth that will fade, but on those which are eternal.
And with all of that in mind I come back to today’s reading. And it is the very last verse I came to that has given me pause.
“The wages of the righteous is life,
The income of the wicked, punishment.” -Proverbs 10:16
It fits doesn’t it? Delighting in the law of the Lord brings life. It produces fruit, its leaves do not whither, it leads to eternal life. The polar opposite of the result of choosing to delight in sin. So there is just one more thing I want to focus on and pray for; that I learn to not only delight in God’s word, but that I will meditate on it continually. I don’t want to just read it and forget, as I am so prone to do. I want it to stay with me throughout the day. May God’s word truly be our delight and may we meditate on it day and night.