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.
What delights you? A hot fudge sundae covered with caramelized pecans? A romantic candlelight dinner at a favorite restaurant with the one you love? Time in the outdoors away from the hectic pace of your daily life? A weekend at the spa, being pampered? An offer from your mom to watch the kids, while you and your spouse get away for some needed R & R?
I suppose everyone’s list would be different. But check your list carefully. Maybe something is missing, something vitally important, something that is truly satisfying, something that delights the heart of those who give attention to it, something you have let slip lately.
Psalm 1 contrasts the path of the wrong way of living, and the path of God’s right way of living. When we follow the second path, our “delight” is in the Word of God. The Word of God delights God’s people because it not only exposes our failings and reveals our great spiritual need, but it delivers God’s free solution for sin—complete forgiveness! In the light of God’s unfailing love for sinners, we look to God’s commands not as a hopeless measure that cannot be met, but as a way to show our love to Jesus who kept the Law perfectly in our place.
Don’t daydream today about the things you “think” will give delight to your heart. Spend time on that which will. The eternal lover of your soul has promised that if you “delight yourself in the LORD, he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). The details are found in his Word!
Loving Lord, create in me a desire to spend time with and meditate on your Word and grant me the joy and satisfaction only it can provide. Amen.