Meditate on God’s Words

Psalm 1 (NIV)

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.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

The word blessed is the word happiness.  Psalm 1 starts on a negative note on those who walk alongside the wicked or hanging out with a company of mockers and contrasts that positively with those who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on his law day and night.  What does it mean to meditate?  It doesn’t mean chanting and clearing out your mind completely, not thinking of anything.    The Hebrew word is hagah and the definition is to moan, growl, utter, speak or muse.  Muse is not a word used commonly, but that means to consider something thoughtfully.  God wants us to seriously think about his word, but also to speak about his word.  I never thought that meditate would also involve speaking, but I learn something new today.

When we do meditate on God’s words, we are like a tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruit.  That sounds pretty exciting doesn’t it?  God wants us to prosper and not to wither and die.  It seems like God gives us choices and it is up to us to decide whether we want to be fruitful or not.  He wants us to decide whether we will meditate on his law or not.  If we decide to walk with the wicked and agree to the ways of sinners and mockers, then we will not receive the blessings that he wants to pour on us.

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