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.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Read: Psalm 1
Consider: In the last post on Psalm 37 we saw the contrast between the righteous and the unrighteous; between those who love God and those who hate him.
In Psalm 37:1-2 the psalmist tells us ‘Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away’. Life is very short, yet those who turn their back on God don’t realise just how short it is. The analogy is used of grass and green plants which are susceptible to withering quickly and easily.
Turning to Psalm 1, there is a description of someone who takes delight in God. They are likened to a tree planted by a stream. Because of this they produce fruit and their leaves don’t wither. The streams of water refer to God and the spiritual nourishment we can get from delighting in God’s word, not just reading it but meditating on it.
This is in stark contrast to the image used in Psalm 37 to describe the unrighteous as grass. One image is of shallowness and fragility (despite their superficial worldly success), the other is of permanence and stability (despite them sometimes not seeming successful in worldly terms).
I suppose the question must be ‘Do you take delight in God?’ You might think it is strange to say that you can take delight in God. I am reminded of the first statement in the catechism I learned as a child – ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever’. When a child I couldn’t see how anyone could ‘enjoy’ God. I thought that God was boring and irrelevant. Only when I committed my life to Christ did I understand how a Christian could enjoy God.
Pray: Father, may we spend time in your word; meditating on it, allowing it to get into our mind and soul. May we truly delight in you. Amen