What is the relationship I have with God?
My relationship with God is reflected by my delight in the law of God. If I enjoy and delight in his law then God watches over my paths, if not then I will perish. It is interesting as you read the psalms the importance that is placed on the written word that God has given us as being key to our relationship with God. Does my daily walk reflect my daily meditations on his law both day and night?
What is the relationship between others and me as I continue on my journey through life here on earth?
My relationship with man is determined by my walk, my stand, and my sitting. Do I walk with the wicked, stand with the sinners, and sit with the mockers or do I walk, stand, and sit with the righteous?
As you read, the psalms focus on these four areas and you will see the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:16-25 become the fruit that is yield in your life
.As I was reading II Timothy yesterday I reflected again how this psalm must be placed in the heart and mind of all believers. The truth of the power of the law of the Lord in the life of a believer is truth that believer must grasp to live a victorious life on this earth. The key is found in verse two, delighting in God’s law and meditating on it both day and night. In II Timothy Paul charges Timothy to: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Paul also encourages Timothy to “continue in what he had learned and having become convinced of, because he knew those from whom he had learned it. Remember how from your infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Finally, in this letter to Timothy Paul makes this request to him, “when you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments”. The parchments are the last thing that Paul request for Timothy to bring. At the end of his life, Paul’s love for studying God’s Law was strong. I have also seen this desire to read God’s Word as we mature in my life as well as in the life of others believers. The true measure of one’s relationship with God is their love for God’s Word. Paul warns us in II Timothy just as David does in this Psalm that when we stray from God’s truth our ways will perish, “their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth”. So meditate on His Word day and night and let the decisions you make daily be based upon these meditations.
Consider verse two “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” from David’s prospective. The law of the Lord at the time that David penned this verse was probably the words that were passed on to him by his parents and grandparents. The only books that were written at that time were the Pentateuch and maybe Joshua, Judges and Job. Considered the Law as well as the history that is found in found in the Pentateuch. Also the examples of the lives of Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, Moses and Aaron, Joshua, as well as all the judges. Consider how David probably knew and hid the Ten Commandments in his heart. These were the laws he mediated on. The stories of the great heroes of faith found in the Pentateuch were the stories he probably heard as a child and was the topic of the evening campfire or evening meals.
How often do we mediate on his Word? Have we hidden God’s Law and His Word in our heart so that we can mediate on them? Do we have great hymns of the faith, or songs of praise hidden in our heart that we sing daily? Does the topic of the greatness of the Lord and his presence in your life come up as part of your daily conversation with others?
As I was studying the New Testament this week I realized that the Lord message to the multitudes starting in Matthew chapter five and going through chapter seven started out like Psalm 1:1.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say
all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
The blessings of God come when we walk in his way. It is not a way of do things so that God will reward you, but it a walk we take because of our love for the Lord. It is a walk before God, not man. So as the Sermon on the Mount starts out in Matthew chapter five like Psalm 1:1 and Matthew chapter seven ends like verse six of this psalm.
Every one therefore that hears these word of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, who built his house upon the rock:
and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon the rock.
And every one that hears these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:
and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.
So read the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters five through seven and apply these words in a way that your house will not fall, but stand.
As I was studying Matthew 19 today verses seven and eight seem to tie in with Psalm one.
They say unto him, why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away? He said unto them, Moses for your hardness of heart suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it hath not been so.
The beauty of God’s law is that it is simple. It is the sinfulness of man that makes God’s law difficult to follow. Because of the hardness of men’s heart we have to make exceptions to God’s law so that we can seek after the desires of our heart. However, what happens when men totally disregard God’s law and make their a law of their own? This is the way of the wicked. So now I see two sets of law by which we must live. As I see the ever-increasing number of laws that society has passed to improve the evil nature of man; I see this law itself becoming more and more corrupt (reflecting the corrupt nature of man) and grow farther from the law of God. The conclusion of this thought is that the law is a reflection of the one whom originates it. God’s law reflects His nature and his attributes; whereas, the laws created by men reflect the nature of a corrupt and fallen creature.
As I start another month of reading the Psalms I cannot help but reflect on how the wicked cannot understand the importance that the simple true found in these verses can change their life. This simple truth of how a person’s meditating on God’s Word daily can bring blessings and joy to one’s life. And yet Christ in Matthew 13:19-23 give the answer why this simple truth is not follow:
When any one hearth the word of the kingdom, and understand it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatches away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.
And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that hears the word, and straightway with joy received it; yet hath he not root in himself, but endured for a while; and when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway he stumbled. And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that hears the word; and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that hears the word, and understand it; who verily bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.