“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.
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
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).
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).