“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” – Psalm 1:1-3
Would you seek out a person who just broke out of prison and ask them for some life experience wisdom? Would you go to a sporting event and choose to sit next to the unruly fans that are yelling at the refs and throwing trash down on the playing field? These are obviously bad ideas. When we begin to read Psalm 1, it seems like a checklist that we can easily check off.
• Don’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. Check.
• Don’t stand in the way of sinners. Check.
• Don’t sit in the seat of scoffers. Check.
• Delight in the law of the LORD. Hmmm.
• Meditate on His law day and night. (What does that even mean?)
How can we delight in a bunch of rules? We delight in them when we realize that they aren’t rules but guidelines for living the life God has for us. Only when we trust the One who wrote the rules and trust in His purposes will we fully experience all that God has for us.
Think of it this way. When you get on a roller coaster, you are more than eager to follow the instructions to buckle up because it’s easy to imagine the consequences of failing to do so, right? Well, delighting in God’s law is worth more than even protecting ourselves from failure; it is life giving (John 10:10). And when we meditate on Jesus’ words day and night, we will be solid in our faith like a well-watered tree. The word “meditate” means: “ponder, think about, consider.” Take God at His word and meditate on His word, day and night, to see how fruitful your life can really be!