Biblical Meditation and Spiritual Blessing
BIBLICAL MEDITATION AND SPIRITUAL BLESSING
Psalm 1: 1-2 “(1) 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; (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Spurgeon Insight: “He delights to be in it (the Law) as his rule of life; he delights, moreover, to meditate in it, to read it by day and think upon it by night.”[1
Two Sources of Influence
This Psalm is about two different types of counsel by which a person can live, and the practical results a person can experience from following one or the other. On the one hand the Psalm warns against living life by the counsel of the ungodly, those who don’t live by God’s wisdom and have a right relationship with Him. On the other hand the Psalm graphically describes the blessed life a person will enjoy if they turn to God’s law for counsel which is found in God’s Word, the Bible.
The Subtle Key to Blessing
I have often read this Psalm and took encouragement from it to keep studying the Bible as my guide in life decisions. Reading it over today it stands out to me that being blessed through God’s Word involves a lot more than studying the Bible. The Psalmist doesn’t say that the person who merely reads or studies the Bible will be blessed. He says that it is the person who “delight(s)” and “meditates” on the Law of the LORD who will be blessed. Delighting in God’s Word speaks of taking pleasure in it. Meditating on God’s Word isn’t just reading it, but chewing on it mentally, and I believe, praying over what is found in God’s Word.
Delight = Spiritual Nourishment
So the big application for me is not to stop short with mere Bible reading and expect to be transformed by the Word. I must delight in God’s Word and meditate on God’s Word. Only then will I be the blessed and transformed person glorifying God that this Psalm describes. The ability to do either of these things will take the grace and enabling of the Holy Spirit. Pray with me…
Lord, we pray right now that you would increase delight for your word inside our spirits. Increase our capacity to enjoy it through meditation. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. By Your grace and Spirit accomplish these things in us so we can live the transformed and blessed life You desire to produce in, and through us.
 Spurgeon. Charles. The Crossway Classic Commentaries. Psalms. Page 2.
Note- The above post is taken from “Lift: a Devotional Journey through Selected Psalms” By Kellen Criswell
“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4
I love the repeated calls to delight, rejoice, and revel in God Himself. Mere intellectual knowledge of God doesn’t align our will to His, but delighting in who He is absolutely does. I think this is a parallel truth to the one you’re showing, Kellen.
I have been thinking about this chapter and other ones like it lately, and about how they apply in every area of life. When you’re blessed beyond words, when you are really struggling, and when you are convicted.