August 31: Meditate with the Psalmist

As we continue on our journey thru the hour of prayer, we’re looking at how to meditate. We saw God told Joshua to meditate on it day and night. Today the Psalmist begins the book with this call to meditation:

[1] 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.
[3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
[4] The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
[5] Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
[6] For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1

The blessing goes to the man who “does not” and who “does.” He does not take in ungodly counsel, the sinner’s way, or fellowship with scorners. He does not meditate on those things.

What does he meditate on? He delights in the Law, and meditates day and night!

Meditating is a choice – what to NOT meditate on, as well as what TO meditate on.

Interesting that in Joshua, he is promised success, while in Psalms he is promised prosperity.

There’s an organization, Americans for Prosperity, that advocates policies that they say will lead to economic success for Americans. But if we want to be truly successful and prosperous (btw – not just economically but spiritually) – we need to meditate on Scripture.

Psalm 1, Patch the Pirate

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