“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psl.1:2)
The first three verses of Psalm one give us a thumbnail sketch of the godly man, not so much to evaluate others, but more importantly, to judge ourselves. Briefly, the godly individual is characterized as someone who knows how to rightly discern people, and wisdom to choose friends accordingly (v. 1); who has an affinity for Biblical precepts as laid down by God alone (v. 2); with stability and fruitfulness that lasts through times of storm and drought (v. 3). Or as Warren Wiersbe puts it, he’s separated from the world, saturated with the Word, and situated by the water.
It’s the second of these three attributes that stands out to me today, the fact that the godly man or woman both delights and meditates in God’s law. I see a cycle working here that to me would surely account for the stability exhibited in verse three. The more one meditates on the Word of God, the more he or she will delight in it. At the same time, when we find delight in God’s Word, the more we’re inclined to meditate on it. By the way, meditation, which is focused thinking, should not be confused with imagination, which is undisciplined “wool-gathering,” and is a heathen activity, as the Psalmist points out in the next chapter. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psl .2:1).
Are you ever amazed by how a later reading of a text or passage brings new perspective for you? It’s not because the Word has changed; it’s because you have. The Bible is “self-adjusting.” By this I mean, it speaks to you where you are in your walk with God. It provides milk for the new believer as well as meat for the seasoned Christian—often with the same text, no less!
Here’s what I’m saying. Don’t wait till you delight in the Bible to read it. You can jump in at ether place—meditation or delight—because one invariably leads to the other. The Psalmist didn’t say the godly man reads the Bible day and night, only that he meditates on it. Picture it like this: “In his law doth he marinate day and night.” J
It’s all right to have a one-track mind, if it’s the right track. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee…” Isa. 26:3.