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DELIGHT IN GOD'S WORD: BE BLESSED
Pastor Peter Tan-chi   /   May 29, 2016
   

 “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 prosper. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

In Hebrew, “bless” is asher, which means “happy.” To be happy is to be blessed or to be joyful from within, not from external occurrence. Followers of Jesus are joyful people who, despite trials, can rejoice in faith (1 Peter 1:6-7). Pain and disappointment tests your faith, which should draw you to God. If you have a wrong view of God, you will never experience His joy.

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO BE BLESSED?

1. Do not walk in the ways of the ungodly.

Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Ungodly counsel is advice that does not put God first. Just because everyone else is doing it or it sounds logical does not make it right. Before you know it, you will stand up for what they believe in. You may not even realize that you are no longer following Christ. Know the difference between godly and ungodly advice.

2. Delight yourself in the Lord.

Do you love God? If you love somebody, you want to listen to them. Because you love Jesus, you delight in His Word. Christianity is a love relationship. To delight in the Lord, you need to love and obey Him (Psalm 37:4). To truly know Him, you need more than just mental knowledge. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). You also experience God through faith. When you have nothing left, you will experience that He is enough. There are many things in life that you will never really know until you walk by faith.

3. Meditate on His Word.

To delight in God’s Word, you must meditate on it day and night. You continually immerse your mind in His Word so that you will not forget. If the Bible seems boring to you, pray that God will open your eyes (Psalm 119:18). When you meditate on God’s Word, you will discover that God makes Himself real in your life. Go beyond simply hearing His Word. You need to do what is written in it (James 1:22, 25).

TWO PATHS

God consistently wants to bless us, but we need to know the conditions of His blessing – delight in the Lord, know Him, love Him, trust Him and obey Him. Psalm 1:3 describes a person who delights in the Lord as being like a tree planted in water – it thrives (v.3). It is a stable tree that yields fruit. This fruit may not be immediate but it will come at the right time. Faith is not based on circumstances, but it is anchored firmly on the promises of God. If you do not walk with the Lord, you are like chaff – empty and light, easily blown or burnt (Matthew 3:12); now we see it, now we don’t.

Are you a tree planted in water or dry chaff? God knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. God guarantees you that if you choose His way, you will be blessed. So choose God (Deuteronomy 30:20).

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