“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way or sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.”
As I am writing this Game 7 of World Series is on in the background. You have an entire field with men who have dedicated their lives and their time to this game, but why? Why would they devote so much to get to this level? Most of the guys on this field have dedicated years, even decades, toward this pursuit. In pursuing this they have spent hours pouring themselves into baseball. They spent time away from family and ignored how tired they were to work on things that would seem simple and meaningless to most people. They have practiced throwing accuracy, hand eye coordination, pitch recognition, etc. Players put in time because they love it. These men are doing what they love.
How does this relate to Psalm 1:1-2? The answer is in verse 2. In this psalm, David writes about how a blessed man, a righteous man, is absolutely in love with the law, or Word, or instruction of the LORD. He is so in love with it that he meditates, or thinks, on it all day and all night. This man cannot sleep because he is so delighted and so in love, with the word of God.
So why don’t we make time for the word of God? Psalm 1 says, and life testifies to the reality that, we don’t actually want to read the word of God. Now, if someone were to ask us what we have been reading this week in the Bible, we would not say that we didn’t actually love God or his word enough to read it. Instead, we would come up with something that tastes better on the tongue. We might say that we were too busy, or stuff came up, or family life was very hectic. The reality is you and I only ever do what we want to do. Even this week if we find something we may not enjoy or want to do we still do because we want it more than the alternative. This week I went to work, and there were days that I did not want to go, but I wanted work more than I wanted not to work. I would delight more in work than not being able to provide a place to live or food for me and my family. In the reality of life, work was what I would find the most delight in.
This means the reason I did not get into the Word of God as much as I know I should have this week/month/year is because there were times that I did not love the word of God. It means ultimately there were times that I did not love God. Instead I loved far lesser things to the point that I delighted in them more than I delighted in God. Let us not underestimate our broken heart’s ability to fall in love with things that are lesser than the God of the Universe in our everyday life. The reason you and I do not get in the Word of God is because we are not like the blessed man from verse one. We do not delight in the Word of God, nor in God himself.
And then there is the gospel. The God of the Bible is far more aware of our love affairs with lesser things than we are and yet he still loves us. When we do not love him with all that we are he still love you and me infinitely. Luke 6:35-36 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” The God of heaven, who is love (1 John 1), loves us despite our continual rejection of Him. He has paid for those sins, and that brokenness, with the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. When we realize the true darkness of our heart and let the light of the gospel reach the apathy toward God in our heart then it can do its job of replacing that heart of stone for a heart of flesh, Eze 36:26.
As we continue to let the gospel reach the deep parts we will be like the blessed man and we too will delight in the law of the LORD.
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. WE are far too easily pleased.” – C.S. Lewis