“Blessed is the man…”
God’s word is a fountain of blessing. Whether it’s distraction, indifference, or willful disregard, many of us fail to enjoy the resource of favor and protection provided by this never-ending stream. May we start this year and each new day aware of the promises made through the well-known imagery of Psalm 1.
These promises are for any person who will delight in God’s word by setting his/her heart and mind to reflect upon and rejoice in it. Again, God’s word is a gift ready to be soaked up and savored. More than any culture in history, we have this stream at our disposal. May we drink from it daily.
Note briefly the promises of Psalm 1…
- The person who reflects upon and rejoices in God’s word will be planted. We can be firmly established spiritually despite the trials and turmoil of living in a sin-wrought world.
- The person who reflects upon and rejoices in God’s word will be fruitful. We can bear the spiritual fruit of godliness.
- The person who reflects upon and rejoices in God’s word will prosper. Without allowing the prosperity gospel to hijack this word, we can rest in knowing that God will bring about his glory and our good through our obedience to him.
- The person who reflects upon and rejoices in God’s word will be secure in judgment. In light of the New Testament revelation about Jesus, we know that God’s Word is His Son. Thus, this passage gives us a shadow of the gospel. God sets those who delight in His Word (the Son) free from judgment. What was promised in the Old Testament is now personified in the New. This delighting in Him is not a “work” by which we earn our salvation; instead, it’s an active faith. One proof that this faith is genuine is a joyful desire to reflect on and rejoice in God’s revelation.
Again, there’s so much more to be said, but I pray these thoughts will encourage you to “delight in God’s word” this week.