Psalm 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.
This Psalm of instruction is relevant to the times we are in. The whole Bible in fact is relevant to every time and every situation. It is God’s infallible word to us mere mortals.
Even though we walk with the ungodly every day the beginning of this Psalm points to not taking counsel , or being influenced by, those who are not godly. This is especially hard for the children today. Ungodly influencers are everywhere and at all times are leading children away from the godly. While the things they do or say may seem harmless nevertheless if they aren’t pointing or leading kids to Christ they are in fact ungodly.
This quote is from the Matthew Henry commentary on Psalm 1 “The word which we translate ungodly signifies such as are unsettled, aim at no certain end and walk by no certain rule, but are at the command of every lust and at the beck of every temptation. ”
It’s hard to discern the ungodly when we stray from the godly, that is the word of God. When the words of the Lord dwell richly within us we have an ultimate objective standard from which to discern the godly from the ungodly.
That brings us to the second verse ; But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Meditate on it day and night! That is a scary and intimidating command for most Christians. But it is a necessary command for all Christians to obey.
The meditating mentioned here is not the meditation most think of where you empty your mind of all things. This meditating means having God’s word be the driving force in your mind at all times. Your delight in the Lord will only grow when you are in the word constantly.
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
There is much more to be said here about these verses in Deuteronomy but I just wanted to provide an example of some things we can do to help us meditate on God’s word day and night.
It’s not just taking in the good stuff that is in God’s word but keeping out the things that are contrary to it and do nothing for our salvation. In this day and age we have a monumental task in that but thankfully if you are in Christ you have the perfect helper the Holy Spirit!