Day 12

“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!

 

  • True Blue

    Amen!

  • S.M459

    I am enjoying taking the time to meditate on Gods word. I usually just read the scripture to say I’ve done my deed for the day. Now I find solace in his word and find that I’m thinking about my reading all day and whether I’m living according to his word.

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Amen thank you God for these devotionals.

  • Elaine Saramago

    i wish everyone I know would follow Gods word. Not just go to church

  • Barbara Donovan

    Since embarking on this 21 days of fasting and praying I can feel GODS presence in my life more than ever before. Thank you Jesus for being my strenghth and my light.

  • Nancy Blocksom-Varney

    I have been doing the fasting and prayer since it started. Some days are not as easy as the others. I know on the days where it is tough God is speaking to me and telling me ( don’t give up). Thank you Jesus for your word and I’d like to thank my church for the devotionals. Amen

  • Lynne Campbell

    Amen

  • Ms Shu

    Wow! An eye opener! We have to read our bible and ask God to guide us when we do not understand!

  • Nata P.

    Reading today’s devotional brought me to travel back in time. I traveled to the time when the Book of Psalms were written. Assuming that Psalm 1 was written by king Salomon, I imagined the kind’s struggles fighting against his spiritual battles. Salomon was chose by God to be a ruler and a leader to His people. It must be difficult to be a ruler, a disciplinarian, and a loving leader at the same time.
    Today we see learders all over the world. Each leader had their own personal leadership ideas, but they have to follow guidelines required
    by law.
    We christians should follow the guideline required by God. Our guideline is written in the Bible. The Bible was written to inspire our souls and to refresh our minds from the struggles of life.
    It is very hard to leave the old being behind and to start fresh as a new being. It is very hard to leave our weakness behind. It is very hard to fully trust that God will continue refreshing our souls and cleaning them from sin and sorrow.
    I pray today that we continue fasting for the porpuse of our spiritual growth and strength.
    May God be with us.

    Blessings to all!