“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of 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. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 (Context: Psalm 1:1-2:12)
People throughout history have always sought the “secret to happiness”. Yet we have a clear and direct description in God’s Word of what must be avoided and what must be attended to if we are to experience true and lasting joy. Notice that the actions to be avoided are connected and dependent on delighting and meditating on sacred scripture. If we neglect this spiritual discipline, we forfeit joy and prosperity in every aspect of our lives.
- What are some personal examples of actions to be avoided in verse 1?
- What are some ways (perhaps good and honorable ways) that we seek prosperity in vain?
- Pray today to ask the Holy Spirit for perseverance in meditating on scripture every day and trust that He will secure for you true joy and prosperity – He will!