In response to recent requests from subscribers, the Nugget will be featuring a devotional based on the book of Psalms once a month. We pray you will be blessed by this focus on the one book of the Bible that Jesus quoted the most.
An interesting fact about the book of Psalms is that it is
actually a compilation of various songs. Though we always refer to them
as the Psalms of David, they were, in actuality, penned by many
different authors over a span of many years.
Over the past seven
months, we have looked at seven individual Psalms and how these powerful
songs can empower us, rendering our prayer life stronger and increasing
our faith. Today's lesson comes from
Psalms 1, a Psalm of David, which
teaches us some important facts about relationship with God:
"Oh, the joys of those who do not
advice of the wicked,
or stand arhound with
or join in with mockers.
delight in the law of the Lord,
it day and night." (vs. 1-2 NLT)
I don't know about you, but on
first glance, it would seem to me that this is in opposition of the
teachings of the New Testament which tell us that in the New Covenant,
we are no longer under the law and it will not save us (See
2 Cor. 3:7-15,
etc). How then can delighting in God's law bring us blessings?
When you do a close examination of these first two verses of
Psalms 1, however, you see something powerful:
"...they delight in the
law of the Lord..."
When you delight in something, it is because
that something is extremely pleasing to you. For example, I delight in
my children. But wait: How can a list of rules be pleasing to us?
is only by being in love with the rule giver than any list of rules can
be 'pleasing'. When we love someone with all of our hearts, we want to
please them and we take delight in doing the things that please them.
There's no way we can delight in a set of rules unless we truly love the
rule giver; therefore, delighting in God's laws requires that we be
fully and completely in love with God, the Rule-Giver!
there are benefits to loving God enough to want to keep His laws.
1 tells us that God will pour blessings out upon us when we delight in
"They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do." (vs. 3-4 NLT)
when we look at these verses, we often see them as a 'recipe' for
prosperity: If I keep the Lord's laws, I will prosper! And so we work
hard to keep those rules, but the desired prosperity never comes.
I think the problem is that we forget that little word delight. We
forget that it's not just keeping the rules that God requires of us, it
is in taking pleasure in those rules. While we think the 'recipe' for
prosperity lies in keeping the rules, in all reality, the 'recipe' for
prosperity lies in being so in love with the Rule-Giver that we
delight in His laws! When this is the case, our focus will be on being
with God and loving Him, and not on trying to earn His favour. It is
only when our priorities are properly aligned that we can delight in the
law and receive the promised blessings.
Psalms 1 goes on to
explain that though there are many benefits to delighting in God's laws,
there are also consequences for not delighting in His laws:
not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff,
scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of
Sinners will have no place among the
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction." (vs. 5-6 NLT)
Isn't it interesting that the "wicked" are defined as those who do
not delight in God's laws, and conversely, those who do
delight in God's
laws are called "the godly"?
Let's keep in mind as we read this
Psalm that it isn't about wanting to receive the blessing; it's about
wanting that relationship with the Law-Giver for the
sole purpose of
loving Him and pleasing Him. The given benefits to those who love
enough to delight in His law are just icing on the cake!
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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