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.
Blessed. I hear that word a lot these days. “Have a blessed day.” Whenever I hear it, I think well of the person who said it. It’s like saying, “Merry Christmas,” outside the holiday season.
In our focus scripture, “blessed” means happy. Not just a once in a while happy, but a state of happiness. Like chef Emeril Lagasse used to say, “Happy, happy!”
So — what makes you happy? Winning the lottery? Inheriting a fortune? Fame? Your favorite meal in your favorite restaurant? Travel? To be sure, our favorite things make us happy.
But the happiness found in Psalm 1 isn’t found in acquiring wonderful things, but in making the right character choices.
“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…”
You choose not to hang with those whose behavior and lifestyle conflict with godly behavior. You refuse to be counted among the wicked, the sinners, and the mockers. Mockers, by the way, are those who ridicule others for sport, a common practice these days in social media.
But it’s not just who you hang with, it’s how you conduct yourself when no one is around, what you give permission to enter your mind.
We live in an age in which we are bombarded with information and entertainment choices that come at us faster and with more variety than any time in history. With the click of a remote, a tap on your smartphone, or a click of the mouse on your PC, you choose what you will allow into your mind.
In Proverbs 4:3 we’re told, “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” To guard your heart means to protect your mind. You need a filter to keep out the junk that can harm you.
Now, this filter you need to protect your mind and heart is easy to find. You won’t need a YouTube how-to video or a Pinterest post. Psalm 1 reveals that the Bible is all you need.
“Delight in the law…”
“Meditate on it day and night.”
For this filter to accomplish its intended purpose you must read it, meditate on it consistently and continually, and delight in it.
In a small way, The Forever Notebook, helps accomplish that purpose. It helps you to read and meditate. However, these devotions are not a substitute for the Bible. I pray that God will use these daily meditations to inspire “delight” in His word and draw you close to Him, the source of true blessing/happiness.
When we choose God and His word over wicked sinful behavior and associations, we will be mightily blessed. Psalm 1 puts it this way, “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.
Last year, Janet bought an Amarillo bulb and planted it in her outside flower bed, but it didn’t bloom. Then she dug it up, put it in a flower pot, and brought the plant inside for some tender loving care. Today, that useless plant has transformed into four of the most beautiful blooms I’ve ever seen. Same plant. Different treatment. Different result.
When we uproot ourselves from the world and choose to be planted in God’s word, we will yield beautiful fruit and prosper. There is blessing to be found in every day, no matter what life throws at you. Have a blessed day – every day – in the Lord.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Walk By the Spirit
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.