Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Way to A Blessed Life: Delight

{How to deepen your roots and grow in your faith through delight}

Psalm 1
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 scoff
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.

The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

One of the best ways to grow in your faith, to deepen your trust, and to seek comfort from the LORD . . . to have a blessed life . . . is to "delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on it day and night."

Delight: a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment, joy

To be able to delight in His law and meditate on it, you must know it. In order to know it, you must read it. God never promises we will grow in Him by simply going to church on Sunday. He promises we will deepen and grow in our faith when we spend time in His word.

When we spend time in His word, God is able to transform our thoughts and minister to our hearts. He may not always change our circumstance, but He will change our hearts to trust in Him.

When we delight in His word, we will trust in Him and bear fruit. We will remain on His path for us, and not be blown away. We will deepen our roots and be blessed!!

I had to ask myself after I read this . . . LORD, do I delight in Your word? Do I find great excitement, joy, and pleasure in seeking You and Your word? OR is it something else?

Father, would You help me to delight in You alone! Help me to delight in Your word and Your way and meditate on it day and night! Oh that Your word would help me to worship you more. That I may know you more, trust you more, love you more, and be deeply rooted in You!

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. (Psalm 119:174)

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