Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
I love how this psalm starts out by saying, “Blessed is the man…”. Isn’t that just what we want from God? The word “Blessed” in this verse literally means “How very happy is the man”. The psalmist goes on to expound upon how this occurs. The writer intends to show that the person who devotes himself to living a godly and righteous life is the one who finds true happiness, while the one who lives without regard to God is the miserable person. The result is the ability to withstand challenging and difficult times. This makes me happy.
This psalm reminds me of a manual to life. Kind of “if I do this”, then “I can expect this.” It’s a troubleshooting plan in today’s language. I have needed to pull out the manual or the instructions/troubleshooting guide of various things I possess to try to figure out why it isn’t working as I thought it should. I’ve looked at the manual for our DVD player, our computers, my gas barbeque grill, certainly my lawn tractor. Usually at the back of the manual, right before you get to the alternate translation, you will find a “Table” called the “Troubleshooting Guide”. It lists various symptoms of failure and then gives you the most likely solution. For example: If my lawn tractor doesn’t start. The list of solutions may include:
- Ensure there is enough fuel in the fuel tank
- Ensure that the cables to the battery are fully connected
- Ensure that the clutch is fully depressed
- Ensure that the blades are disengaged
These are all helpful solutions. If any of these are not in the affirmative, then you need to fix the solution before your problem is fixed. The same here with this psalm.
The Problem: Wickedness
- Ensure the advice you get is from the righteous and not the basis of bad advice. Really this means “advice of the ungodly”.
- Ensure that your lifestyle matches the advice you have received.
- Ensure that you abide in Christ.
- Ensure that you delight in the Word of God.
- Ensure time is set aside to meditate on the Word of God.
What remains is the “then I can expect this” part.
- Refreshing nourishment to one’s self.
- Strength and stability to continue on during the storms of life.
- Encouragement to others.
So let me ask you, “What should we be praying for?” Well for starters, thank the Lord that we can receive the promises of His Word so that when He says, “Blessed is the man…” we can say, for Your Glory Lord. Next, ask God to lead you in the path of wisdom and to have godly council in your life. Pray that the Lord would reveal His Word to you in new and exciting ways and that He would open up your eyes to the truth within it. And finally, that you and God would dwell together in conversation and meditation each and every day.
This is just one chapter in God’s troubleshooting plan. There are many more within the Word of God. Each of these chapters is easily accessed if we choose to take the time. “How very happy is the man…”
Dear Lord, thank You that Your Word is filled with instructions that can answer and solve our many questions. Thank You that as we read and meditate on Your Word, we are fed, we are strengthened, and our walk with You can encourage others. Help us Lord when we try to fix problems on our own. Turn us, Lord, to Your Word. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!