Delighting in the Law of the Lord

Series: MasterClass | Week 9: Persistent Pursuit

Day Five Psalm 1

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

– Psalm 1 (NLT)

Learn From the Word
This psalm paints a similar picture of the wide path and the narrow. Look at the words that describe those who choose the narrow one – joy, delighting in God’s Word, like trees on the riverbank, producing fruit and prospering, godly. They stand in stark contrast to those on the path that leads to destruction.

Put It Into Practice
Spend some time now meditating on this psalm. Picture it in your mind. Take note of words that stand out to you. Delighting in the law of the Lord is foundational for the godly person. If that’s an area of struggle for you, ask God to help you find new ways to meet with Him in His Word. Tell Him you want to delight in it. Check out a couple of ideas from our team.

For Families with Kids at Home
Ask your kids, “What’s your favorite candy?” Have they ever had a sweet treat that tasted good, but they were still hungry afterwards? Oftentimes doing what’s popular can look appealing on the outside, but in reality it doesn’t satisfy us in the long run. It’s sort of like eating cotton candy – sweet for a minute, but it doesn’t fill us up at all and leaves us hungry. But when we follow Jesus, He promises to give us good things that will actually fill us up – things like joy, hope, and peace. The world offers us cheap imitations which leave us hungry for more, but Jesus offers us the real thing that satisfies us!