“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” -Psalm 1:1-2
Picture a young man moving through these stages of life: First, he’s walking in the counsel of the wicked, giving an ear to the words of selfish, evil men, and he’s folding it into his life and into his DNA. Then, picture a middle-aged man heaped in sin, standing in the way that sinners take. Finally, picture an old curmudgeon sitting in a chair mocking and criticizing people as they go by.
In its entirety, this is a picture of someone who listens to the counsel of the world and not the counsel of God’s word. This is someone who, as they age in life, is heaped in sin, and shrivels and withers into an old person that simply sits in a chair and mocks and criticizes others because they have no joy, no hope, and no dreams left in their heart. I don’t want that to be me. Do you?
The Scripture says that, instead, blessed is the person that is not like that. But blessed is the man or woman whose delight is in the Scriptures, “the law of the Lord,” on which he or she meditates day and night.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, your word lifts me from a downward path in life to an upward calling, to a life of delight, growth, and love as I allow your Scripture to transform me day by day. Amen.
REFLECTION: How has the word of God positively transformed your life?