We are starting the Psalms in our weekly blog and during our Sunday morning gatherings. I hope you appreciated Pastor Steve’s message as much as I did. It was a great way to get us started for what is to come this summer. So, hopefully this kickoff to our weekly reading can do the same as we walk through the book of Psalms together.
s – scripture: psalm 1:1-3 (CSB)
1 How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
o – observation
Three things stuck out to me as I was reading this text:
The words “happy” and “delight.” The emotions of someone who is ready to follow the Lord. Verse 1 talks about the one who is happy does not go along with the wicked, sinners, or mockers. Instead, they “delight in the Lord’s instruction” which is what makes them “happy.” As they “delight” in His instruction, they are “happy” because they are not in the ways of those who do not “delight” in His instruction and become the example in verse 3.
His “delight” in the Lord’s instruction. But what hit me the most wasn’t just that, but that “he meditates on it day and night.” It seems that the “delight” is so strong that to spend time in that instruction is not enough just once a day, or for a little time, but at least twice a day, for however long it was.
The illustration. The one who is “happy” and “delighted” is like a very healthy, well producing tree. It shows that if we are willing to follow the Lord and not others, we too can become healthy and produce fruit. The interesting thing about fruit is, it is never for the tree to feed and grow, it is for those around, on the outside to eat and grow. It even adds, “Whatever he does prospers.” This illustration is an amazing testament to the one who truly wants to follow the Lord.
a – application
I am a questions guy, and as I wrestled with this observation, I started asking myself questions. Hopefully these will be helpful for you too as we process together.
Would I really say, or believe, I am at my happiest when I am delighting in the instruction of the Lord, or not going along with the wicked, sinners, or mockers?
Do I delight in the Lord’s instruction? If I do, do I want to spend more and more time in that instruction?
Do I see the Lord’s instruction important in and for my life?
Do I want to be the tree, or the healthy person I could be?
Do I want to live in such a way that people will “taste the fruit” that grows from me?
p – prayer
Lord, help us find true happiness in You and Your instructions. Help us find delight in your instructions. So much so, that we don’t want to go along with others and want to spend more and more time in Your Word. Help us a be a people that are healthy trees and that bear fruit for others, so they can taste and see what you have in store for them as well. Help us be an example to those around us what it looks like to truly love and follow You. Amen.