“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” (Ps. 1:2 NKJV)
The godly person delights (finds pleasure) in the law of the LORD. The apostle John reminds us that God’s commandments are not burdensome (1 Jn. 5:3). It is a great blessing to be a child of God and to obey His commands! We should derive pleasure, joy, and happiness every day as we peruse and apply the Scriptures.
We have all had a good meal before, but something else must take place for the full benefit to our bodies: digestion. So it is spiritually. We eat and drink by reading and study of the Word, and we digest the Word with meditation. We must ponder upon what God is telling us. Meditation will result in respecting God’s ways (Ps. 119:15-16). Meditation will result in talking about God (Ps. 77:12). Meditation will result in remembering all that God has done (Ps. 143:5), just to name a few! Can you find more?
How often should we meditate? The Psalmist said, “day and night.” God instructed Joshua to do the same following the death of Moses (Jos. 1:8). Considering what Joshua was getting ready to do (take the promised land), can we afford to do anything less as we march toward Heaven? If we are to meditate day and night, then that implies we are to be reading and studying the Word as frequently!
Two reading trees (one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament) have been planted on the wall by the nursery to encourage us to read our Bibles. Please contribute to the beauty of these trees by reading the blessed Word of God and filling out a leaf for each book of the Bible you read. What a delight it is to read, study, meditate, and apply the Scriptures to our lives!