Do You Want to Live A Blessed Life?

(Psalms 1:1-2) “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. {2} But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

The Bible tells us how to live a life that God will bless. But because of man’s refusal to comply with God’s command in the Garden of Eden, we all became sinners. We all start out as sinners, so we walk “in the counsel of the ungodly,” for we are the ungodly. 

Adam and Eve became the ungodly when they disobeyed God. The only man who never did any of these things is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He died to pay the penalty for me because I am the ungodly, the sinner, and the scornful.

Look at the verbs in this verse, walking, standing, and sitting. These are the ways most men live. If we are alive and awake, our bodies are in one of these positions. 

The first verse tells us what we should not do if we want to be really blessed. The second verse tells us what to do to be blessed. God wants us to have the right feeling about the law of God; we are to delight in the word of God. This means we are to take great pleasure in the Word of God. We need not look at His Word as something that will condemn us only but as the place to find forgiveness of our sins and joy. 

We are to meditate on the Word of God day and night; that is we are to meditate on the Word of God all the time. The dictionary meaning of “meditate” is: “To dwell on anything in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind.”  

We are to put all parts of our mind to work on the Word of God. If you want to be happy in the Lord, try to put your whole mind on His Word. And as you meditate, pray that God will give you understanding of His word. This means you will have to read it and think about it. You will have to know the meaning of all the words. Then you are to try to understand just what the passage that you are meditating on is saying. In trying to understand it by asking the following questions: what, when, why, and where. Then try to put what you think the passages saying in your own words. The reason to meditate on the Word of God is to know the will of God for your life so that you can take the action.

*Devotional written by Ralph Williams, retired pastor and member of One Hope Mobile.

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